Work and Society: Places, Spaces and Identities

Work and Society: Places, Spaces and Identities


Paul Taylor and Paul Wagg (Editors), Work and Society: Places, Spaces and Identities, 2014, ISBN 978-1-908258-15-1, £12.99.

The original theoretical and empirical studies in this new edited volume, Work and Society: Places, Spaces and Identities, present re-imagining of what work is, how it is undertaken, and the impact of work on people who engage in it. While traditional examinations of work are synonymous with discussions of labour markets, organisational functions and industrial relations, the eight contributions published here for the first time extend our conceptualisation of work to take in less commonly scrutinised activities such as care-giving, gambling and career criminality. This intriguing approach opens up space for an exciting reconsideration of the relationships between work and society, focusing on illegitimate and unvalued occupations, the places where persoanl and professional identities intersect in risky or rewarding ways, and the ideological imperative on all of us - no matter our employments status - to perform as resillient, productive neoliberal subjects with the capacity for work.

This innovative, interdisciplinary volume brings together established and new voices in the fields of sociology, criminology, victimology and political economy to present an accessible intervention in current debates about work in the twenty-first century.


Reconciling Work, Care and Social Justice: Informal Care, Status Inclusion and Self-Empowering Dynamics – Alessandro Pratesi

The Coroner’s Inquest and Visceral Reactions: Considering the Impact of Self-Inflicted Deaths on the Health and Social Care Professional – Karen Corteen, Paul Taylor and Sharon Morley

Soldiers of ‘Choice’? – Ross McGarry

Working Class Gambling Entrepreneurs – Carolyn Downs

‘The Buzz was Every Bit as Good as the Prize, If Not More …’ A Former Career Criminal’s Perspective on Risk – Karen Corteen and Eric Allison

Transformative Learning Experiences in Adult Hard-to-Reach Learners’ Initial Engagement in Learning – Paul Wagg

Work, Resilience and Disability: ‘Cripping’ the Norms – Katherine Runswick-Cole and Dan Goodley

Complexity, Capacity and Cambodia: The Neoliberalisation of Space and Scale – Jonathon Louth

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