1st Edition

Scrutinising Polarisation Patterns and Consequences of Occupational Transformation in the Swedish Labour Market

Edited By Tomas Berglund, Ylva Ulfsdotter Eriksson Copyright 2024
    224 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book scrutinises polarisation in Sweden, identifying patterns and variations in labour market transformation and exploring the consequences in terms of jobs, income, prestige, unionization and employment security, as well as the effects on different social groups. Through a series of empirical studies, it sheds light on changes in the occupational structure and the ways in which these changes interact with other societal trends, such as increased temporary employment, rising migration and decreased unionization, whilst also exploring changes in the evaluation of occupations and attitudes towards trade unions. Drawing on distinctly sociological perspectives, it shows how transformations in society and the labour market have affected conditions for individuals and considers whether these changes reinforce existing inequalities occasioned by polarisation or create new ones. Scrutinising Polarisation considers whether and how the Swedish labour market has polarized – and, if so, what this means for individual employees and labour organizations. It will therefore appeal to scholars with interests in the sociology of work and professions, social inequalities and labour market transformations.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    1. Scrutinizing Polarization: An Introduction

    Tomas Berglund and Ylva Ulfsdotter Eriksson

    2. The Transformation of the Swedish Labour Market: A Background

    Tomas Berglund

    3. The Transformation of the Occupational Structure in Sweden

    Tomas Berglund

    4. Occupational Prestige and Gendered Polarization

    Ylva Ulfsdotter Eriksson and Erica Nordlander

    5. Polarized Perceptions of Occupational Prestige

    Ylva Ulfsdotter Eriksson

    6. A Double Ethnic Penalty? The Mobility Patterns of Early Careers and Second-Generation Migrant Descent in Sweden

    Gabriella Elgenius, Denis Frank, Vedran Omanovíc, and Tomas Berglund

    7. Polarization and Dualization in Digitalized and Flexible Companies

    Anna Hedenus and Erica Nordlander

    8. Platform Work

    Kristin Jesnes and Sophie Banasiak

    9. Work Environment Trajectories and Consequences for Trends of Sick Leave and Occupational Disorders

    Lotta Dellve, Linda Corin, and Gunnel Hensing

    10. Changes in Trade Union Membership and Attitudes to Unions in Sweden

    Jesper Prytz and Bengt Larsson

    11. The Significance of Labour Market Changes on Wage and Income Inequality

    Tomas Berglund

    12. Conclusions

    Tomas Berglund and Ylva Ulfsdotter Eriksson


    Thomas Berglund is Professor of Sociology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

    Ylva Ulfsdotter Eriksson is Professor of Sociology at the Linnaeus University in Växjö, Sweden and affiliated professor at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.