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Rethinking Work
Time, Space and Discourse


Mark Hearn, Grant Michelson, Greg Patmore, Marian Baird, Suzanne Jamieson, Jim Kitay, Russell Lansbury, Leanne Cutcher, Diane van den Broek, Rae Cooper, Bradon Ellem, Dimitria Groutsis, Susan McGrath-Champ, Mark Westcott, Harry Knowles, David Grant , John Shields, Susan Ainsworth, Nick Wailes, Richard Hall, Tim Morris
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  • Date Published: April 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521617598

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  • This 2006 book is an innovative reconsideration of a changing and contested domain in society. New essays from scholars at the University of Sydney are structured around the themes of time, space and discourse to highlight the value-laden and constructed nature of these categories as they are applied to the organisation of our working lives. Contributors draw from their expertise in strategic management, organisational theory, labour and business history, law, economics, industrial relations, human resource management, geography, and discourse and narrative analysis. Their stimulating chapters in Rethinking Work reflect that the study of work must itself be capable of adaptation to the profound changes reshaping this most powerful expression of human relationships and experience.

    • Offers an innovative set of perspectives (time, space and discourse) to understand the world of work
    • Written by members of Work and Organisational Studies group at the University of Sydney and showcases for the first time the distinctive research contribution of the 'Sydney School' in work and employment relations
    • Contemporary problems in work and employment relations are located in their historical, spatial and discursive contexts
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    • Date Published: April 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521617598
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Going to a new place - rethinking work in the 21st century Mark Hearn and Grant Michelson
    Part I. Time:
    2. Time and work Greg Patmore
    3. The gender agenda: women, work and maternity leave Marian Baird
    4. Regulation and deregulation in Australian labour law: through a reflexive lens Suzanne Jamieson
    5. Diversity and change in work and employment relations Jim Kitay and Russell Lansbury
    6. Transactions in time: the temporal dimensions of customer service work Leanne Cutcher and Diane van den Broek
    Part II. Space:
    7. Union power: space, structure, and strategy Rae Cooper and Bradon Ellem
    8. Globalisation and labour mobility: migrants making spaces, migrants changing spaces Dimitria Groutsis
    9. A spatial perspective on international work and management: Illustrations from China Susan McGrath-Champ
    10. Markets and the spatial organisation of work Mark Westcott
    Part III. Discourse:
    11. The national narrative of work Mark Hearn and Harry Knowles
    12. Shareholder value and corporate social responsibility in work organisations Grant Michelson and Nick Wailes
    13. Rethinking HRM: contemporary practitioner discourse and the tensions between ethics and business partnership Susan Ainsworth and Richard Hall
    14. Identifying the subject: worker identity as discursively contested terrain David Grant and John Shields
    15. Constructing older workers: cultural meanings of age and work Susan Ainsworth
    16. Rethinking work - a review and assessment Tim Morris.

  • Editors

    Mark Hearn, University of Sydney
    Grant Michelson teaches and researches in the areas of business ethics, organisational behaviour and change, and industrial relations and his work has been published in many national and international journals. Grant is currently exploring contemporary discourses in business ethics as well as the role of new actors in industrial relations with an emphasis on workplace chaplains.

    Grant Michelson, University of Sydney
    Mark Hearn has published extensively on the historical and contemporary analysis of work and trade unions. He recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship on 'Labour and National Identity: Work, Authority and the Australian Settlement, 1901–20', with a methodological focus in narrative theory. He is currently researching the relationship between workers, unions and neo-liberalism, with an emphasis on addressing issues of social citizenship and union organisation. Mark is an associate editor of Labour History.


    Mark Hearn, Grant Michelson, Greg Patmore, Marian Baird, Suzanne Jamieson, Jim Kitay, Russell Lansbury, Leanne Cutcher, Diane van den Broek, Rae Cooper, Bradon Ellem, Dimitria Groutsis, Susan McGrath-Champ, Mark Westcott, Harry Knowles, David Grant , John Shields, Susan Ainsworth, Nick Wailes, Richard Hall, Tim Morris

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