The Sociology of Work in France

Guillaume Tiffon & Jean-Pierre Durand (2019)

In Stewart P., Durand JP., Richea MM. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of the Sociology of Work in Europe. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham

Abstract. Between 1945 and 1975, the sociology of work was nurtured by Friedmann and Naville, operating in an environment defined by post-war national reconstruction. The sociology of work was largely influenced by American psychological methods, often based on quantitative and empirical analyses, distant from a critical position. In the second phase (1975–1990), the crisis of simple labour became a focus of activity. Contemporaneously, sociology began to professionalise, thus marginalising radical agenda. From 1990, the rise of lean production, the sociology of work increasingly became more a companion than a critic of change.

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