Work in America
An Encyclopedia of History, Policy, and Society
Work. It's the key to our daily survival and the source of humankind's greatest achievements, from poetry to pyramids to political systems. When we drastically change the way we work—as we did during the Industrial Revolution and as we're doing again in the Information Age—we set in motion forces that restructure societies around the globe, alter basic human relationships, and even transform our physical environment.
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The first comprehensive analysis of work and the workforce in the United States, from the Industrial Revolution to the era of globalization.
This comprehensive two-volume reference book is the first to analyze the central role of work and the workforce in U.S. life from the Industrial Revolution through today's information economy. Drawing on a variety of disciplines—economics, public policy, law, human and civil rights, cultural studies, and organizational psychology—its 256 entries examine key events, concepts, institutions, and individuals in labor history. Entries also tackle tough contemporary questions that reflect the conflicts inherent in capitalism. What is the impact of work on families and communities? On minority and immigrant populations? How shall we respond to changing work roles and the growing influence of the transnational corporation?
Work in America describes and evaluates attempts to address social and class issues—affirmative action, occupational health and safety, corporate management science, and trade unionism and organized labor—and offers the kind of comprehensive understanding needed to discover workable solutions.
- 256 A–Z entries on topics ranging from Amazon.com to income gaps and wages
An impressive array of expert contributors representing labor history, labor economics, labor law, welfare and social policy, human resource management, women's history, media studies, political science, workforce development, and employment policy
Extensive historiography of U.S. labor and industrial relations
End-of-entry bibliographies of references for further research
- First major reference set to comprehensively examine the topic of work across disciplines
Covers issues of current public concern—unemployment, prevailing wage laws, health insurance, elder care, welfare to work, downsizing, temporary workers, ergonomics, and immigration
First major reference work to analyze the contemporary workplace, from the economic boom of the 1990s to the emergence of information technology industries, the postindustrial workforce, and globalization
Includes reflections of work in popular culture, such as Dilbert
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"It is always a pleasure to handle a well-produced, accessible reference source, and this is an outstanding example . . . this work will fill an information need in large public and academic libraries."
"Highly recommended. Undergraduates."
"This two-volume encyclopedia provides a comprehensive portrait of work and the workforce in the United States as a cross-disciplinary subject. . . . recommended for high school, junior college, and undergraduate institutions and public libraries."