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Skill and Occupational Change : Social Change and Economic Life Initiative - Roger Penn

Skill and Occupational Change

Social Change and Economic Life Initiative

By: Roger Penn (Editor), Michael Rose (Editor), Jill Rubery (Editor)

Paperback Published: 20th October 1994
ISBN: 9780198279280
Number Of Pages: 384

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In this major new book leading sociologists, economists, and social psychologists present their highly original research into changes in jobs in Britain in the 1980s.Combining large-scale sample surveys, personal life-histories, and case studies of towns, employers, and worker groups, their findings give clear and often surprising answers to questions debated by social and economic observers in all advanced countries.Does technolgoy destroy skills or rebuild them? how does skill affect the attitudes of employees and their managers towards their jobs? Are women gaining greater skill equality with men, or are they still stuck on the lower rungs of the skill and occupational ladders? The book also takes up neglected issues (what do employees really mean by a skilled job? how does skill-change link with changes in social values?) and challenges and discredits the widely held view that new technology has de-skilled the workforce.Skill and Occupational Change exploits the richest single data-set available in contemporary Europe and the authors exemplify many new techniques for researching skills at work: as an economic resource, as a motor of occupational change, and as a basis for personal careers and identity. It provides the most comprehensive, authoritative, and carefully researched set of conclusions to date on skill trends and their implications and draws the authoritative new map of skill-change in British society.

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`Skill and Occupational Change contains a number of contributions to the debate on skills which will be of long-term value, both methodologically and substantively.' Work, Employment and Society `An extremely valuable and important piece of empirical research. In themselves, the papers that make up these volumes are excellent.' Sociology `A detailed analysis of the extent to which occupation have or have not become de-skilled while, at the same time, focusing upon subjective dimensions of skill.' Sociology `While students who have followed the literature will not be surprised by the general drift of the findings reported in this book, the book clearly advances the study of skill and occupational change in several ways.' Industrial and Labor Relations Review

Forewordp. v
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Contributorsp. xvii
Introduction: The Sceli Skill Findingsp. 1
Notesp. 32
Patterns of Skill Changep. 39
Patterns of Skill Change: Upskilling, Deskilling, or Polarization?p. 41
Conclusionp. 73
Notesp. 76
Occupational Change in a Working-Life Perspective: Internal and External Viewsp. 77
Summaryp. 100
Notesp. 105
Technical Change and Skilled Manual Work in Contemporary Rochdalep. 107
Technical Change and the Division of Labour in Rochdale and Aberdeenp. 130
Subjective Dimensions of Skillp. 157
Subjective Dimensions of Skillp. 159
Notesp. 182
Notesp. 183
Appendix 6.2p. 187
Appendix 6.3p. 188
Gender and Skillsp. 189
Towards a Phenomenology of Skill Brian Francis and Roger Pennp. 223
Conclusionsp. 240
Appendix 8.1 Responses to the Question 'What Do You Think is Meant by the Term "Skilled Job"?'p. 241
Job Satisfaction, Job Skills, and Personal Skillsp. 244
Notesp. 274
Appendix 9.1p. 276
Skill and Samuel Smiles: Changing the British Work Ethicp. 281
In Conclusionp. 322
Notesp. 324
Appendix 10.1 Measures of Work Valuesp. 325
Methodological Appendix the Social Change and Economic Life Initiativep. 336
Introductionp. 336
Bibliographyp. 346
Indexp. 357
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ISBN: 9780198279280
ISBN-10: 0198279280
Series: Social Change and Economic Life Initiative
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 20th October 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.53

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