(manuscripts available upon request)
Travis Scott Lowe. 2013. “Occupational Segregation by Gender and Race.” Entry in Sociology of Work: An Encyclopedia, edited by Vicki Smith. Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA.
Michael Wallace and Travis Scott Lowe. 2011. “Work Values and Job Rewards among European Workers.” Research in the Sociology of Work 22:43-84.
Gordon Gauchat, Michael Wallace, Casey A. Borch, and Travis Scott Lowe. 2011. “The Military Metropolis: Defense Dependence in U.S. Metropolitan Areas.” City & Community 10:25-48.
As C. Wright Mills explains in The Sociological Imagination, we all take part in the shaping of society. At the same time, society influences us through a series of life experiences that are often beyond our control. Understanding this relationship between individual agency and larger social forces is at the heart of sociological inquiry, and it requires us to look beyond our own experiences and to recognize the connections between the macro and micro levels of society. In this course, you will be introduced to new concepts, theories, and research about our various social worlds and the organization of social life. This course will include topics such as: culture, social structure, inequality and social stratification, globalization, social institutions, and social change.
SOC 3023: Sociology of Work and Occupations
The purpose of this course is to explore the world of work using a sociological lens, with a focus on the U.S. occupational system. Our primary goal is to understand work as a social endeavor instead of as a set of individual activities. In addition to examining how workers participate in their workplaces on an everyday basis, we will discover how both workers and their workplaces are connected to social stratification systems based on race, class, and gender. We will conclude the course by considering how emerging technologies and the inexorable trend towards automation will shape our future work experiences and what that means for society.