Handbook of the Politics of Labour, Work and Employment
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Handbook of the Politics of Labour, Work and Employment

Edited by Gregor Gall

Providing a thorough overview of the political nature and dynamics of the world of work, labour and employment, this timely Handbook draws together an interdisciplinary range of top contributors to explore the interdependent relationship between politics and labour, work and employment. The Handbook explores the purpose, roles, rights and powers of employers and management, workers and unions, states and governments in the age of globalised neo-liberalism.
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Chapter 14: Types of work and labour

Rachel Lara Cohen


As work and the workplace have undergone a series of transformations, we have come to recognise that there are many different types of work. This chapter first focuses on ‘epochal’ claims about types of work or labour. These analyses present different types of work or labour as intertwined with socio-economic change. It then explores the use of ‘types of work’ as analytic categories - to delineate either (1) aspects of the labour process or (2) sets of jobs. These analyses have largely focused on clarifying and classifying the experiences of work

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