Sociology of Work & Labor
This course will address the politics and organization of work during the 20th century and into the 21st. Topics include: historical transformations in work, including industrialization, globalization, and the rise of service, finance, and information technology; labor market issues including migration and discrimination; forms of managerial control and worker consent or resistance; and the role of labor unions and the state in shaping employment and shop-floor relations. We will look closely at manufacturing, service, and finance workplaces, primarily in the U.S., but with a comparative emphasis on Europe. We will also cover a number of important theoretical perspectives on work.