This interdisciplinary volume scrutinizes work and its transformation, providing a critique of how social structures and relations as well as ideologies shape workplaces, labour markets and households in contemporary Canada. Contributors analyze a broad range of topics, carefully dissecting the complexities of work transformation and exposing the uncertainty, insecurity and instability that increasingly characterize paid and unpaid work. The volume examines major theories about work and methodologies used to study work. It is informed by a critical political economy tradition that pays attention to how class, gender, and race/ethnicity mould the nature and experience of work in the post-industrial era. The contributors propose alternative policies and practices that would engender better worlds of work, thereby ensuring the greater fulfilment of human potential and securing more decent livelihoods for workers and their families.
Vivian Shalla was appointed to the University in 2001 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Her research and teaching interests focus on the transformation of work and labour in the airline industry; women?s work and employment; globalization and economic restructuring; and Canadian political economy. She is the recipient of a 2006-2008 Presidential Distinguished Professor Award in recognition of her contributions to teaching, research and service.