© 2002

Worlds of Work

Building an International Sociology of Work

  • Daniel B. Cornfield
  • Randy Hodson

Part of the Plenum Studies in Work and Industry book series (SSWI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Daniel B. Cornfield, Randy Hodson
      Pages 3-19
  3. The Americas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Nadya Araujo Guimarães, Marcia de Paula Leite
      Pages 23-46
    3. Anthony Giles, Jacques Bélanger
      Pages 47-68
    4. Enrique de la Garza Toledo
      Pages 69-85
    5. Arne L. Kalleberg, Kevin T. Leicht
      Pages 87-110
  4. Asia, Africa, and the Pacific

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-112
    2. Sandra Harding, Richard Sappey
      Pages 113-130
    3. Sharit K. Bhowmik
      Pages 131-151
    4. Ho-Keun Song, Doowon Suh
      Pages 153-176
    5. Edward C. Webster
      Pages 177-197
  5. Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-200
    2. Pierre Desmarez
      Pages 201-220
    3. Walther Müller-Jentsch
      Pages 221-252
    4. Paul Edwards, Carol Wolkowitz
      Pages 253-273
    5. György Lengyel, László Neumann
      Pages 275-296
    6. Ilona Kovács, António Brandão Moniz
      Pages 297-324
    7. Casten von Otter
      Pages 325-344

About this book


The advent of transnational economic production and market integration compels sociologists of work to look beyond traditional national boundaries and build an international sociology of work in order to effectively address the human, scientific, and practical challenges posed by global economic transnationalism. The purpose of this volume is to promote transnational dialogue about the sociology of work and help build a truly international discipline in this field.


Integration Nation Transnational sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel B. Cornfield
    • 1
  • Randy Hodson
    • 2
  1. 1.Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA
  2. 2.Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Worlds of Work
  • Book Subtitle Building an International Sociology of Work
  • Editors Daniel B. Cornfield
    Randy Hodson
  • Series Title Plenum Studies in Work and Industry
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-46605-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4613-5181-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4615-0659-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 380
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology, general
    Labor Economics
    Human Resource Management
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From the reviews:
"[...]invaluable contribution to internationalizing the sociology of work. Divided into sections that cover the Americas, Asia, Arica and the Pacific, and Europe, these essays examine this diverse field from a social, historical, and institutional perspective. Important topics include globalization, the gendering of work, workers and workplaces, the analysis of restructuring, and the examination of nonstandard employment arrangements. Out of this mix comes an interesting snapshot of a field of study in transition and its diverse intellectual traditions."
(Choice, 40:4, 2002)
"Cornfield and Hodson have managed to assemble a varied and interesting collection of national accounts that prove fascinating in their own right. However, the editors add value by heroically drawing out some of the similarities and differences in institutional contexts and in research themes and approaches, and the extent to which globalization is changing work organization."
(International Sociology, 18:2)
"In summary, this book provides an interesting and well-organized summary of historical and contemporary research into the many facets of work. As such, it is a valuable resource for occupational scientists who are interested in work, employment, unemployment, trade unions, or the work of sociology."
(Peter Williamson, Journal of Occupational Science, 10:2)
"Readers of Labour & Industry would be particularly interested in the relationship between the sociology of work and industrial relations, which has been a feature of nearly every country in the book.  Each chapter contains a concluding section outlining the institutional context of the sociology of work, as well as extensive references to the literature, much of which is in languages other than English."
(Jim Kitay; Labour & Industry, 14:2)