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Site Copyright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata and Individual Authors, May 2004.
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Lots of the perspectives that John Grady mentions below are perspectives that matter in agencies as well as in the more familiar corporate work world. I want to explore with you different segments of our population, different class segments, how many of them work for agencies, like social welfare and criminal justice, and how many of those jobs are being out-sourced to private firms, and what that means to work.

Hi everybody,

Just a quick note to pick everyone's brains. I will be teaching a course next semester on the sociology of work. I cover lots of things in the course that include the place of work in people's lives, different kinds of work situations, the cultural correlates of modern forms of work, how work is gendered, how conflict is managed at work, the strike process. I also try to look at the work process generally and talk about how work is organized by different industrial imperatives (e.g. domestic vs. extractive, vs producer services, etc.) I also try and use examples from cultures other than North America. I would like to incorporate as many visual materials and visually-based analyses as possible into the course.

so, I'm looking for suggestions and recommendations for visual materials.

John Grady
Hannah Goldberg Professor of Sociology
Wheaton College

And one of the answers:

There is also Deb Barndt's most recent book

Barndt, D. (2002), Tangled Routes: Women, Work and Globalization on the Tomato Trail, Toronto, Garamond Press.

which examines the effects of the industrialized model of agriculture on the women who work in it - from the fields of Mexico to the grocery stores of Canada, using the tomato as an exemplar.


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