Revisiting Divisions of Labour

The impacts and legacies of a modern sociological classic

Edited by Graham Crow and Jaimie Ellis

Revisiting <i> Divisions of Labour </i>


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0744-2
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: March 2017
  • BIC Category: Sociology, Sociology: work & labour, Sociology, Political geography, Human geography, History & Archaeology, 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999, HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Humanities / 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Political Geography, Society & social sciences / Sociology: work & labour


Revisiting divisions of labour is a reflection on the making of a modern sociological classic text and its enduring influence on the discipline and beyond. Ray Pahl's 1984 book is distinctive in the sustained impact it has had on how sociologists think about, research and report on the changing nature of work and domestic life. In this timely revisiting of a landmark project, excerpts from the original are interspersed with contributions from leading researchers reflecting on the book and its effects in the ensuing three decades. The book will be of interest to researchers, students and lecturers in sociology and related disciplines.


Graham Crow is Professor of Sociology and Methodology at the University of Edinburgh

Jaimie Ellis is Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton


Introduction - Graham Crow and Jaimie Ellis
Excerpts section 1 from Divisions of Labour
1 Portrait of a deindustrialising island - Tim Strangleman
Excerpts section 2 from Divisions of Labour
2 Informal, but not "an economy" - Jonathan Gershuny
Excerpts section 3 from Divisions of Labour
3 From the Isle of Sheppey to the wider world - Claire Wallace
4 Time and place in memory and imagination on the Isle of Sheppey - Dawn Lyon
Photo section: Sheppey today
Excerpts section 4 from Divisions of Labour
5 Linda and Jim revisited: narrative, time and intimacy in social research - Jane Elliott and Jon Lawrence
Excerpts section 5 from Divisions of Labour
6 Divisions of Labour: Sociology in search of a new jurisdiction - John Holmwood
Afterword - Mike Savage

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