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Sociology: work & labour

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Chinese Migrant Workers and Employer Domination Comparisons with Hong Kong and Vietnam

Chinese Migrant Workers and Employer Domination Comparisons with Hong Kong and Vietnam

Author: Kaxton Siu Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2019

This book explores three major changes in the circumstances of the migrant working class in south China over the past three decades, from historical and comparative perspectives. It examines the rise of a male migrant working population in the export industries, a shift in material and social lives of migrant workers, and the emergence of a new non-coercive factory regime in the industries. By conducting on-site fieldwork regarding Hong Kong-invested garment factories in south China, Hong Kong and Vietnam, alongside factory-gate surveys in China and Vietnam, this book examines how and why the circumstances of workers in these localities are dissimilar even when under the same type of factory ownership. In analyzing workers' lives within and outside factories, and the expansion of global capitalism in East and Southeast Asia, the book contributes to research on production politics and everyday life practice, and an understanding of how global and local forces interact.

Disenfranchised The Rise and Fall of Industrial Citizenship in China

Disenfranchised The Rise and Fall of Industrial Citizenship in China

In the decades following World War II, factories in many countries not only provided secure employment and a range of economic entitlements, but also recognized workers as legitimate stakeholders, enabling them to claim rights to participate in decision making and hold factory leaders accountable. In recent decades, as employment has become more precarious, these attributes of industrial citizenship have been eroded and workers have increasingly been reduced to hired hands. As Joel Andreas shows in Disenfranchised, no country has experienced these changes as dramatically as China. Drawing on a decade of field research, including interviews with both factory workers and managers, Andreas traces the changing political status of workers inside Chinese factories from 1949 to the present, carefully analyzing how much power they have actually had to shape their working conditions.

Disenfranchised The Rise and Fall of Industrial Citizenship in China

Disenfranchised The Rise and Fall of Industrial Citizenship in China

In the decades following World War II, factories in many countries not only provided secure employment and a range of economic entitlements, but also recognized workers as legitimate stakeholders, enabling them to claim rights to participate in decision making and hold factory leaders accountable. In recent decades, as employment has become more precarious, these attributes of industrial citizenship have been eroded and workers have increasingly been reduced to hired hands. As Joel Andreas shows in Disenfranchised, no country has experienced these changes as dramatically as China. Drawing on a decade of field research, including interviews with both factory workers and managers, Andreas traces the changing political status of workers inside Chinese factories from 1949 to the present, carefully analyzing how much power they have actually had to shape their working conditions.

Theorising Professions A Sociological Introduction

Theorising Professions A Sociological Introduction

Author: Edgar A Burns Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2019

This book synthesises several decades of research to extend beyond the limitations of a traditional functionalist model, offering a twenty-first century theory of professions and professionalism for a new generation engaging in theorising and research. It asserts nine innovative arguments, drawing on major theorists such as Johnson, Freidson, Larson, Weber, Foucault and Bourdieu to achieve a global framing of professions. Concepts of bundling and unbundling are used to explain changes happening to professions as they cease to be exclusive containers that fully control particular forms of knowledge. Examining how professions are changing today reveals the ways in which expectations around expertise and goodness have altered for all stakeholders: consumers, regulators, corporations and professions themselves. Unbundled professions morph into new forms of professional work, under new conditions, technologies and social arrangements Professionals and policy-makers interested in shaping the future of professions must recognise the potential impacts from an increasingly globalised, digitalised and managerialised world, and this book will be a key addition for scholars and practitioners alike.

Getting In and Getting On in the Youth Labour Market Governing Young People's Employability in Regional Context

Getting In and Getting On in the Youth Labour Market Governing Young People's Employability in Regional Context

Author: Pauline Leonard, Rachel J. Wilde Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2019

Based on up-to-date qualitative and ethnographic research, this book examines youth education-to-work transitions in the UK. Using a Foucauldian theoretical approach, the authors demonstrate how different employability schemes work in practice, revealing the tension between employability and good quality employment, and the ways in which young people from varying social and regional backgrounds are positioned very differently.

World Development Report 2020 Trading for Development in the Age of Global Value Chains

World Development Report 2020 Trading for Development in the Age of Global Value Chains

Author: World Bank Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2019

The world is, and always has been, interconnected. But the degree of country interdependence we are witnessing now is unprecedented. Cross-national transactions are fundamentally different, both qualitatively and quantitatively, from when the last World Development Report on 'Industrialization and Foreign Trade' was written thirty years ago. Tariff reduction and significant advances in production, communication and transportation technologies led to the emergence and expansion of GVCs. The result was growth in global trade at twice the rate of income growth from the early 1990s until the mid-2000s. Today, production is fragmented and distributed across multiple places, and the parts produced in each place are shipped across the globe often crossing borders multiple times. The 2020 World Development Report will analyze the implications of the changing face of globalization for development. It will explore why global value chains (GVC) have formed in some sectors and regions, while others have been left out. It will examine how GVCs affect growth, inequality and poverty, as well as the transmission of shocks across countries. The report will consider whether new technologies or a change in trade policies create incentives to produce closer to home, reducing the potential for countries to benefit from a finer international division of labor. Finally, it will explore how national policies can promote sustainable development in a GVC world. But because production has become fragmented across countries, national policy is unlikely to be enough. The report will also consider how international cooperation on trade and other policies can support inclusive growth in a GVC world.

Labour, Policy, and Ideology in East Asian Creative Industries

Labour, Policy, and Ideology in East Asian Creative Industries

Author: Teri J. (Academia Sinica, Taiwan) Silvio Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2019

This book addresses some of the questions that have been brought to light by the varied experiences of culture industry workers and consumer publics across East Asia over the past decade. For over twenty years, the creative industries have been seen as the engine driving global economic transformation, a way out of the dilemmas of de-industrialization, and as key to the projection of national soft power. The chapters in this book cover the former `Tiger Economies' of South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore, as well as Japan and the PRC, and focus on a number of different industries - cinema, television, graphic design, fashion, and literature. The authors include sociologists, anthropologists, and cultural studies scholars, and they approach the topics of creative work, government policy, and entrepreneurial strategy from a variety of perspectives. The chapters examine the varied the political, economic, and social structures that influence the development of creative industries within the region and reveal how different the careers of creative industry workers in different cities and different industries can be. They also show how the development of the creative industries can affect many aspects of society, including city planning, policing, democratic politics, and ethnic and national identities. This book was originally published as a special issue of Culture, Theory and Critique.

Lives on the Line How the Philippines became the World's Call Center Capital

Lives on the Line How the Philippines became the World's Call Center Capital

The call center industry is booming in the Philippines. Around the year 2005, the country overtook India as the world's voice capital, and industry revenues are now the second largest contributor to national GDP. In Lives on the Line, Jeffrey J. Sallaz retraces the assemblage of a global market for voice over the past two decades. Drawing upon case studies of sixty Filipino call center workers and two years of fieldwork in Manila, he illustrates how offshore call center jobs represent a middle path for educated Filipinos, who are faced with the dismaying choice to migrate abroad in search of prosperity versus stay at home as an impoverished professional. A rich ethnographic study, this book challenges existing stereotypes regarding offshore service jobs and sheds light upon the reasons that the Philippines has become the world's favored location for voice. It looks beyond call centers and beyond India to advance debates concerning global capitalism, the future of work, and the lives of those who labor in offshored jobs.

Lives on the Line How the Philippines became the World's Call Center Capital

Lives on the Line How the Philippines became the World's Call Center Capital

The call center industry is booming in the Philippines. Around the year 2005, the country overtook India as the world's voice capital, and industry revenues are now the second largest contributor to national GDP. In Lives on the Line, Jeffrey J. Sallaz retraces the assemblage of a global market for voice over the past two decades. Drawing upon case studies of sixty Filipino call center workers and two years of fieldwork in Manila, he illustrates how offshore call center jobs represent a middle path for educated Filipinos, who are faced with the dismaying choice to migrate abroad in search of prosperity versus stay at home as an impoverished professional. A rich ethnographic study, this book challenges existing stereotypes regarding offshore service jobs and sheds light upon the reasons that the Philippines has become the world's favored location for voice. It looks beyond call centers and beyond India to advance debates concerning global capitalism, the future of work, and the lives of those who labor in offshored jobs.

Taking the Floor Models, Morals, and Management in a Wall Street Trading Room

Taking the Floor Models, Morals, and Management in a Wall Street Trading Room

Author: Daniel Beunza Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Debates about financial reform have led to the recognition that a healthy financial system doesn't depend solely on how it is structured-organizational culture matters as well. Based on extensive research in a Wall Street derivatives-trading room, Taking the Floor considers how the culture of financial organizations might change in order for them to remain healthy, even in times of crises. In particular, Daniel Beunza explores how the extensive use of financial models and trading technologies over the recent decades has exerted a far-ranging and troubling influence on Wall Street. How have models reshaped financial markets? How have models altered moral behavior in organizations? Beunza takes readers behind the scenes in a bank unit that, within its firm, is widely perceived to be a class act, and he considers how this trading room unit might serve as a blueprint solution for the ills of Wall Street's unsustainable culture. Beunza demonstrates that the integration of traders across desks reduces the danger of blind spots created by models. Warning against the risk of moral disengagement posed by the use of models, he also contends that such disengagement could be avoided by instituting moral norms and social relations. Providing a unique perspective on a complex subject, Taking the Floor profiles what an effective, responsible trading room can and should look like.

Labor in State-Socialist Europe, 1945-1989 Contributions to a History of Work

Labor in State-Socialist Europe, 1945-1989 Contributions to a History of Work

Author: Marsha Siefert Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Labor regimes under communism in East-Central Europe were complex, shifting and ambiguous. This collection of sixteen essays offers new conceptual and empirical ways to understand their history from the end of the Second World War to 1989, and to think about how their experiences relate to debates about labor history, both European and global. The authors reconsider the history of state socialism by reexamining the policies and problems of communist regimes and recuperating the voices of the workers who built them. The contributors look at work and workers in Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, the German Democratic Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Yugoslavia. They explore the often contentious relationship between politics and labor policy, dealing with diverse topics including workers' safety and risks; labor rights, and protests; working women's politics and professions; migrant workers and social welfare; attempts to control workers' behavior and stem unemployment; and cases of incomplete, compromised or even abandoned processes of proletarianization. Workers are presented as active agents in resisting and supporting changes in labor policies, in choosing allegiances, and in defining the very nature of work.