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Diversity and Decomposition in the Labour Market

1st Edition

Edited by David Robbins, Lesley Caldwell, Graham Day, Karen Jones, HILARY ROSE


218 pages

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Originally published in 1982 Diversity and Decomposition in the Labour Market, is an edited collection addressing the contemporary sociology of the labour market. The collection focuses on the categorisation of the diverse dualities that might be thought to characterise certain labour markets. The collection addresses many economic sectors, and there is a distinct focus on labour market analyses developed within neo-classical and radical economics in the USA. The analyses maintain that the labour market is in some sense dualistic.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction: Diversity and Decomposition in the Labour Market

2. Labour in the Woollen and Worsted Industry: A Critical Analysis of Dual Labour Market Theory, Glenn Morgan and David Hooper

3. Patterns of Disadvantage in a City Labour Market, Jim Cousins and Margaret Curran

4. Women in the Local Labour Market: A Case with Particular Reference to the Retail Trades in Britain 1900-1930, Diana J. Smith

5. ‘The Contested Terrain’: A Critique of R.C. Edwards’ Theory of Working Class Fractions and Politics, Roger Penn

6. ‘Fraternalism’ and ‘Paternalism’ as Employer Strategies in Small Firms, Robert Goffee and Richard Scase

7. Clerical ‘Proletariansation’: Myth or Reality, Rosemary Crompton and Gareth Jones

8. Class Relations and Uneven Development in Wales, Philip Cooke

9. Technocratic Ideology and the Reproduction of Inequality: The Case of the Electronics Industry in the Republic of Ireland, Peter Murray and James Wickham

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: British Sociological Association

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1969 and 2001, is comprised of original books published in conjunction with the British Sociological Association. The set draws together original research by leading academics based on study groups and conference papers, in the areas of youth, race, the sociology of work, gender, social research, urban studies, class, deviance and social control, law, development, and health. Each volume provides a rigorous examination of related key issues. This set will be of particular interest to students and academics in the field of sociology, health and social care, gender studies and criminology respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General