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Theories of Work, Social Justice and Inequality

The intent of this course is to explore the major theoretical debates that centre on how class, gender and race, historically and in current times, shape the relationship between work, home and society. As such, this course will critique, build on, and move beyond the mainstream theories and boundaries of the sociology of work, organization, labour markets, etc. We will investigate how the nexus of class, gender and race fundamentally condition the structuring of labour processes in all sectors, has shaped the differing relationships between the sphere of paid employment and families, has impacted on the relationship between work, sexuality and the politics of identity, and facilitates and mitigates against collective organization and resistance.

WORK SOC 710

Theories of Work, Social Justice and Inequality

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Offered?: Yes

The intent of this course is to explore the major theoretical debates that centre on how class, gender and race, historically and in current times, shape the relationship between work, home and society. As such, this course will critique, build on, and move beyond the mainstream theories and boundaries of the sociology of work, organization, labour markets, etc. We will investigate how the nexus of class, gender and race fundamentally condition the structuring of labour processes in all sectors, has shaped the differing relationships between the sphere of paid employment and families, has impacted on the relationship between work, sexuality and the politics of identity, and facilitates and mitigates against collective organization and resistance.


Suzanne Mills

Associate Professor