Choose one of the following essay topics and complete a well referenced essay:
- To what extent did industrialisation lead to the polarization of the experiences of work for men and women?
- How important is class in the explanation of industrial conflict?
- Which aspect of identity – class, race or gender – is the most important for explaining the opportunities and constraints facing individuals at work?
- Has the era of Fordism passed, or has it simply moved to other countries?
- Which theory or theories developed by the classical writers (Marx, Durkheim, Weber) on the sociology of work is/are still useful for understanding the organization of work in contemporary society?
Word limit: 2500 words
APA Referencing style from this Book
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