Restructuring and Recession

Part of the Explorations in Sociology book series (EIS)


The late 1970s and early 1980s have been a period of global recession but there is considerable diversity of opinion about when it started and how long it will last. Richard Brown, in discussing the implications of this for sociologists, reflected that:

It is certainly plausible to suggest that we are living at a time when the pattern of work with which we have been familiar for nearly two centuries may be changing more rapidly than ever before, and when the categories in terms of which we have been accustomed to think about work are proving less and less appropriate. …The tasks of describing, understanding, explaining and criticising the structure and experience of work and unemployment are as important as they have ever been. We need to know the conditions of our present plight, to develop alternative futures and to explore the conditions necessary for their realisation. (Brown, 1984, p. 320)


Labour Market Trade Union Industrial Relation Occupational Segregation Sexual Division 
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