The United States

  • Arne L. Kalleberg
  • Kevin T. Leicht
Part of the Plenum Studies in Work and Industry book series (SSWI)


Work is a central institution in the United States. The work that Americans do has a major influence on their position within the stratification system in the United States. Work is also the basis on which important social benefits such as health insurance and many pension benefits are distributed. Changes in work in the United States reflect key societal trends such as advances in technology, globalization and internationalization, demographic changes in the population and the labor force, the growth of services, and the differentiation of manufactured goods. Changes in the nature of work, in turn, have a major impact on the number of hours Americans spend working, what they do in their leisure time, their consumption patterns, their attitudes toward success and failure, and a host of other attributes that shape the way they live and interact with each other.


United States Labor Market Labor Force Organizational Commitment Industrial Relation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arne L. Kalleberg
    • 1
  • Kevin T. Leicht
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA

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