Reinventing Work in Europe

Value, Generations and Labour

  • Dominique Méda
  • Patricia Vendramin

Part of the Dynamics of Virtual Work book series (DVW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Dominique Méda, Patricia Vendramin
    Pages 1-6
  3. Dominique Méda, Patricia Vendramin
    Pages 7-47
  4. Dominique Méda, Patricia Vendramin
    Pages 49-91
  5. Dominique Méda, Patricia Vendramin
    Pages 93-144
  6. Dominique Méda, Patricia Vendramin
    Pages 145-175
  7. Dominique Méda, Patricia Vendramin
    Pages 177-219
  8. Dominique Méda, Patricia Vendramin
    Pages 221-226
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 227-265

About this book


This book looks at the history of work and the meanings that are attached to it over time. Taking as its basis a number of international surveys and interviews conducted in Europe, the authors consider the significance of work for Europeans today.

Over the years the meaning of work has changed. It has become more highly diversified, and it is today invested with high expectations that conflict with organisational developments and the changing nature of the labour market. The authors use a generational perspective to explore whether it is possible to reconcile the contemporary “ethos” of work, especially with regards to women and young people, with organisations that are increasingly under pressure to be profitable and productive.

Reinventing Work in Europe will be of interest to scholars and students in the areas of sociology of work, employment and organizations, labour studies, digital economy, and political economy.





virtual work internet Europe sociology labour studies employment Political Economy

Authors and affiliations

  • Dominique Méda
    • 1
  • Patricia Vendramin
    • 2
  1. 1.IRISSO -UMR CNRS 7170 Paris Cedex 16France
  2. 2.Fondation Travail-Université NamurBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-39524-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-39525-8
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