This title was first published in 1979: Deftly combining an analysis of socio-economic change and social institutions with political commentary, intellectual biography and theoretical critique, Michael Rose identifiesthe hidden similarities of the different currents in sociologie du travail and accounts for the popularity of such bold but fragile notions as Mallet's 'new working class' or Touraine's 'post industrial society'. Simultaneously, the relation between sociologie du travail and the state , management and politics is defined and evaluated. Finally, Rose discusses the work of the new generation of investigators emerging after the crisis-point of 1968. His conclusions are relevant not only for the many English speaking social scientistswho have been rediscoveringthe problems of the labour process, but for students of industrial relations, intellectual history, Marxism and modern French society.

chapter 1|9 pages

Introduction: Problem and Approach

chapter 2|18 pages

France 1945–75: A Sketch of the Period

chapter 3|17 pages

Humanism and the Labour Process

chapter 5|22 pages

Automation and Society

chapter 6|16 pages

What ‘New Working Class’?

chapter 7|15 pages

A Certain Idea of Sociology

chapter 8|15 pages

Bureaucracy and French Fabianism

chapter 10|15 pages

Apposite Empiricism

chapter 11|15 pages