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The injustice of unequal work

Sayer, Andrew (2009) The injustice of unequal work. Soundings, 43. pp. 102-113.

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Abstract

Economic justice is not just about what people get in terms of resources but what they are allowed or expected to contribute through their work, for this has a huge effect on opportunities for self-development, satisfaction and self-esteem. Capitalist societies have unequal divisions of labour, in which good quality work is concentrated into just a subset of jobs, thereby making meaningful work unattainable for large numbers. The article assesses the damage done by this major structural cause of class inequalities, and argues that the common justifications for the unequal division of labour (in terms of efficiency, cost, feasibility and differences in intelligence) are weak.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Soundings
Uncontrolled Keywords: CONTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE ; DIVISION OF LABOUR ; INEQUALITY ; WORK SATISFACTION
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 54991
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 11 Jun 2012 09:25
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 20:33
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54991

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