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Formations, Connections and Divisions of Labour

Glucksmann, MA (2009) 'Formations, Connections and Divisions of Labour.' Sociology, 43 (5). pp. 878-895. ISSN 0038-0385

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The division of labour, an enduring concept of the sociology of work, has yet to receive fundamental critical re-evaluation. The need for this is exposed especially by developments in global work and employment, and the ensuing complexity and variety of contemporary connections and divisions of labour. The aim of this article is to initiate a process of conceptual renewal. Having reviewed classical and 20th-century formulations of the concept, I propose a broader and multidimensional framework. Here, overall socio-economic formations of labour are viewed as constituted through the interplay between three forms of integration and differentiation: the technical division and allocation of labour, interdependencies between work across socio-economic modes, and across overall instituted processes of labour in production, distribution, exchange and consumption. The framework may be used to explore connections and divisions of labour at different scales and levels of generality.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: consumption work; division of labour; employment; gender; instituted economic process; modes of provision; socio-economic formations of labour; total social organization of labour; work
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2012 10:14
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:21

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