This book presents new theories and international empirical evidence on the state of work and employment around the world. Changes in production systems, economic conditions and regulatory conditions are posing new questions about the growing use by employers of precarious forms of work, the contradictory approaches of governments towards employment and social policy, and the ability of trade unions to improve the distribution of decent employment conditions. Designed as a tribute to the highly influential contributions of Jill Rubery, the book proposes a ‘new labour market segmentation approach’ for the investigation of issues of job quality, employment inequalities, and precarious work. This approach is distinctive in seeking to place the changing international patterns and experiences of labour market inequalities in the wider context of shifting gender relations, regulatory regimes and production structures.
colleagues, a comparison of internal labour markets
in industrial firms in France and Germany required an analysis of the mutual
co-constitution of the educational and vocational training system, the nature
of business organisation, and the structure of employer–worker struggle in the
industrial relations sphere. For societalanalysis, it is essential to analyse how
these ‘spheres’ are constructed in different societies, and how they relate to each
other; the best research in this tradition goes beyond positing institutional logics
and attempts to understand the socialised
the cosmology upon which contemporary ritual practices are based. To achieve this, what have previously been regarded as conflicting approaches in the study of Chinese vernacular religion have been embraced. These include ontological and dialogic 5 approaches to religious phenomena including tang-ki in trance possession states, combined with historical sociology and an interpretative societalanalysis. The rationale behind adopting these methodologies and how they become complementary requires elucidation.
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