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By Feb.02, 2016

Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment

Stephen Edgell, Heidi Gottfried and Edward Granter eds. (2016)


Stephen Edgell

This book, which has just been published by Sage, has many and varied connections to the University of Salford. The principal editor, Stephen Edgell was appointed to a Lectureship in 1970, since when he has published several books, most recently Veblen in Perspective: His Life and Thought (2001) and the Sociology of Work: Continuity and Change in Paid and Unpaid Work (1st ed. 2006; 2nd ed. 2012), and is currently a (semi-) retired Research Professor of Sociology at Salford. In 1988 he visited Wayne State University, Detroit to help set up a staff and student exchange programme that continues to this. This connection resulted in the recruitment of Professor Heidi Gottfried of WSU as a co-editor. The other co-editor Edward Granter obtained his PhD in sociology from Salford in 2008, published it as a book entitled Critical Social Theory and the End of Work, and is now a Lecturer in People, Management and Organizations at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. The chapter on the idea and the ideal of dignity in the sociology of work was written by Philip Hodgkiss (retired Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University) who also obtained his PhD from Salford (in 1981). Tracey Warren (Professor of Sociology, University of Nottingham) who contributed the chapter on work and social theory is yet another Salford graduate (MSc Sociology 1993) and Alan Irwin (Professor of Organization, Copenhagen Business School) who drafted an endorsement, graduated from Salford in 1978 with a degree in Languages and Sociology. Finally, the chapter on work-life balance was written by Abigail Gregory who is Professor of Comparative Sociology and a member of the Centre for Social Research at Salford. These multiple Salford University connections attest to the historical vibrancy and contemporary influence of sociology at Salford. On a personal level, Steve Edgell has expressed the view that the prominence of University of Salford sociologists in the production of this book is most gratifying.

The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment

The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment

More generally, the Handbook comprises an Introduction by the editors plus thirty-four original chapters by leading specialists on different aspects of the sociology of work and employment. Globally, the contours of work and employment are changing dramatically and this volume is intended to help researchers, teachers, students and practitioners understand the impact of these changes on individuals, groups, organizations and societies. The expert contributions are structured around six core themes:

  • Historical Context and Social Divisions,
  • The Experience of Work,
  • Work and Organization,
  • Non-standard Forms of Work and Employment,
  • Work and Life Beyond Employment,
  • and Globalization and the Future of Work.

The international focus of this book is not only reflected in the range and content of the chapters but also in the diverse institutional affiliations of the contributors which includes universities in Britain, USA, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Australia, and Taiwan.

Further details can be found on the Sage website: and/or from Steve Edgell at

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