Roland Paulsen Empty Labor

ISBN 13: 9781107066410

Empty Labor

3.59 avg rating
( 17 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781107066410: Empty Labor
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

While most people work ever-longer hours, international statistics suggest that the average time spent on non-work activities per employee is around two hours a day. How is this possible, and what are the reasons behind employees withdrawing from work? In this thought-provoking book, Roland Paulsen examines organizational misbehavior, specifically the phenomenon of 'empty labor', defined as the time during which employees engage in private activities during the working day. This study explores a variety of explanations, from under-employment to workplace resistance. Building on a rich selection of interview material and extensive empirical research, it uses both qualitative and quantitative data to present a concrete analysis of the different ways empty labor unfolds in the modern workplace. This book offers new perspectives on subjectivity, rationality and work simulation and will be of particular interest to academic researchers and graduate students in organizational sociology, organization studies, and human resource management.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

'Policymakers bemoan the epidemic of overwork. But as Roland Paulsen ... explains in Empty Labor, an example-packed new book, innumerable studies suggest that the average worker devotes between one-and-a-half and three hours a day to loafing ... the best way to understand a company's 'human resources' is not to consult the department that bears that ugly name but to study the basic principles of one of the world's most popular, if unrecognised, sciences: skiving.' The Economist

'Empty Labor is the most searching, theoretically informed, and high-spirited interrogation of the meaning of work and the struggle over time in the modern economy I have encountered. No reader will emerge from this grounded, heady, and discerning analysis without a new, more sophisticated appreciation for autonomy, work, and resistance. It is also, against all odds, a pleasure to read.' James C. Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology, Yale University

'The theme of everyday work has been pushed to the side in recent academic scholarship on the economy, which is more interested in networks, entrepreneurship, markets and the like. But work does not go away; and as Roland Paulsen brilliantly shows, it also mirrors what goes on in the rest of the economy. Empty Labor is highly recommended reading for anyone who is more interested in the economy of everyday life than in the official economy of monthly statistics and ideology.' Richard Swedberg, Cornell University

'This admirably readable book is a wonderful antidote to all those jeremiads about the intensive 'burn-out' nature of the contemporary workplace. The workers in these pages are certainly very busy but for much of the time that busyness takes the form of finding ways to avoid work rather than seeking its embrace. Paulsen is fully and properly alert to the manner in which this 'empty labor' constitutes a powerful critique of the dominant discourse of work as the panacea for all ills.' Laurie Taylor, presenter of 'Thinking Allowed', BBC Radio Four

'Roland Paulsen reinvigorates and rethinks a long-standing but neglected tradition of social science interest in idleness or lack of work whilst at work. Empty Labor connects fascinating data about life at work to contemporary debates about, amongst other things, misbehavior and resistance, and public and private boundaries. Moreover, Paulsen does it in an unusually accessible way. This is ground breaking material in so many ways.' Paul Thompson, University of Strathclyde

'An indispensable analysis of idleness at work.' Corinne Maier, author of Bonjour Paresse

'Refreshingly bold in perspective and nuanced in exposition, this book ... carves out a new place among the sociological greats. Summarizing the various schools of thought ... [Paulsen] brings in a relevant, modern energy by tapping into examples of workplace idleness and forms of organizational misbehavior cataloged in popular culture ... [He] has performed scholarly liposuction on the body of work that is organizational sociology, stripping away the bloated arguments about and for the value of work. What remains is a compact, comprehensive reflection on work, workers, and taboo subjects. The conversations cover the spectrum from empirical to existential in a judicious yet irreverent voice that will be especially appreciated by upper-division undergraduates and faculty ... Summing up: highly recommended.' G. E. Leaf, Choice

'The brilliance of this book starts with the idea to interview employees who work less than fifty percent of their working time - yes, less than half - and continues with a totally unexpected empirical finding: it is not always because they do not want to work more, it is sometimes simply due to bad management. Paulsen also provides us with important theoretical insights in his analysis of earlier perspectives on resistance ... For sociology of work it opens up a whole new field of research: empty labor.' Jan Ch. Karlsson, Journal of Economic and Social Thought

'... those interested in work - or how to avoid it - will find this book both provocative and fascinating for what it suggests is really happening in the workplace.' American Journal of Sociology

Book Description:

This thought-provoking book examines organizational misbehavior, specifically the phenomenon of 'empty labor', defined as the time during which employees engage in private activities during the working day. Drawing on a rich selection of interview material and extensive empirical research, Paulsen explores a variety of explanations, from under-employment to workplace resistance.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781107663930: Empty Labor: Idleness And Workplace Resistance

Featured Edition

ISBN 10: 1107663938 ISBN 13: 9781107663930
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2015
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

1.

Roland Paulsen
Published by Cambridge University Press 2014/08/31 08:00 (2014)
ISBN 10: 1107066417 ISBN 13: 9781107066410
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
scientific_generation
(Montreal, QC, Canada)

Book Description Cambridge University Press 2014/08/31 08:00, 2014. Hardcover. Condition: NEW. Human Resources Management, Professional Finance, Social & Cultural, Press & Journalism, Industries. Seller Inventory # 1KG2215

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
36.89
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 5.34
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

2.

Roland Paulsen
Published by CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom (2015)
ISBN 10: 1107066417 ISBN 13: 9781107066410
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom, 2015. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. While most people work ever-longer hours, international statistics suggest that the average time spent on non-work activities per employee is around two hours a day. How is this possible, and what are the reasons behind employees withdrawing from work? In this thought-provoking book, Roland Paulsen examines organizational misbehavior, specifically the phenomenon of 'empty labor', defined as the time during which employees engage in private activities during the working day. This study explores a variety of explanations, from under-employment to workplace resistance. Building on a rich selection of interview material and extensive empirical research, it uses both qualitative and quantitative data to present a concrete analysis of the different ways empty labor unfolds in the modern workplace. This book offers new perspectives on subjectivity, rationality and work simulation and will be of particular interest to academic researchers and graduate students in organizational sociology, organization studies, and human resource management. Seller Inventory # LHB9781107066410

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
73.74
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

3.

Paulsen, Roland
Published by Cambridge University Press (2017)
ISBN 10: 1107066417 ISBN 13: 9781107066410
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)

Book Description Cambridge University Press, 2017. Paperback. Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2017; Not Signed; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Seller Inventory # ria9781107066410_lsuk

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
80.07
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.87
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

4.

Paulsen, Roland
Published by Cambridge University Press (2014)
ISBN 10: 1107066417 ISBN 13: 9781107066410
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Cambridge University Press, 2014. HRD. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9781107066410

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
87.01
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

5.

Paulsen, Roland
Published by Cambridge University Press (2014)
ISBN 10: 1107066417 ISBN 13: 9781107066410
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)

Book Description Cambridge University Press, 2014. HRD. Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our UK warehouse in 4 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9781107066410

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
84.62
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 5
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

6.

ROLAND PAULSEN
ISBN 10: 1107066417 ISBN 13: 9781107066410
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Herb Tandree Philosophy Books
(Stroud, GLOS, United Kingdom)

Book Description 2014. Hardback. Condition: NEW. 9781107066410 This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher. For all enquiries, please contact Herb Tandree Philosophy Books directly - customer service is our primary goal. Seller Inventory # HTANDREE0727985

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
85.59
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 8
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

7.

Roland Paulsen
Published by CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom (2015)
ISBN 10: 1107066417 ISBN 13: 9781107066410
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom, 2015. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. While most people work ever-longer hours, international statistics suggest that the average time spent on non-work activities per employee is around two hours a day. How is this possible, and what are the reasons behind employees withdrawing from work? In this thought-provoking book, Roland Paulsen examines organizational misbehavior, specifically the phenomenon of 'empty labor', defined as the time during which employees engage in private activities during the working day. This study explores a variety of explanations, from under-employment to workplace resistance. Building on a rich selection of interview material and extensive empirical research, it uses both qualitative and quantitative data to present a concrete analysis of the different ways empty labor unfolds in the modern workplace. This book offers new perspectives on subjectivity, rationality and work simulation and will be of particular interest to academic researchers and graduate students in organizational sociology, organization studies, and human resource management. Seller Inventory # APC9781107066410

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
104.76
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

8.

Roland Paulsen
Published by CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom (2015)
ISBN 10: 1107066417 ISBN 13: 9781107066410
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom, 2015. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. While most people work ever-longer hours, international statistics suggest that the average time spent on non-work activities per employee is around two hours a day. How is this possible, and what are the reasons behind employees withdrawing from work? In this thought-provoking book, Roland Paulsen examines organizational misbehavior, specifically the phenomenon of 'empty labor', defined as the time during which employees engage in private activities during the working day. This study explores a variety of explanations, from under-employment to workplace resistance. Building on a rich selection of interview material and extensive empirical research, it uses both qualitative and quantitative data to present a concrete analysis of the different ways empty labor unfolds in the modern workplace. This book offers new perspectives on subjectivity, rationality and work simulation and will be of particular interest to academic researchers and graduate students in organizational sociology, organization studies, and human resource management. Seller Inventory # APC9781107066410

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
106.56
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

9.

Roland Paulsen
Published by Cambridge University Press (2014)
ISBN 10: 1107066417 ISBN 13: 9781107066410
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
California Books
(MIAMI, FL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Cambridge University Press, 2014. Condition: New. This book is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # I-9781107066410

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
115.50
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

10.

Paulsen, Roland
Published by Cambridge University Press
ISBN 10: 1107066417 ISBN 13: 9781107066410
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Russell Books
(Victoria, BC, Canada)

Book Description Cambridge University Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1107066417 Special order direct from the distributor. Seller Inventory # ING9781107066410

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
125.22
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 5.33
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds