Labour process theory and critical realism

P. Thompson, S. Vincent, P. Thompson (Editor), C. Smith (Editor)

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Abstract

This chapter explores the potential synergies between labour process theory (LPT) and critical realism (CR). Its purpose is not to suggest that using CR is a substitute for theorising within the LPT tradition. Rather it is to set out the view that CR conceptions of a layered ontology may help to address and resolve some long standing issues about the scope and character of LPT, particularly those associated with the idea of a ‘core’ theory, as discussed below and in several chapters within this volume (see also Edwards 2005).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorking Life: Renewing Labour Process Analysis
EditorsPaul Thompson, Chris Smith
Place of PublicationHoundmills, Basingstoke
Pages47-69
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameCritical Perspectives on Work and Employment
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

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Keywords

  • labour process theory
  • critical realism
  • labour process analysis

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Thompson, P., Vincent, S., Thompson, P. (Ed.), & Smith, C. (Ed.) (2010). Labour process theory and critical realism. In P. Thompson, & C. Smith (Eds.), Working Life: Renewing Labour Process Analysis (pp. 47-69). (Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment). Houndmills, Basingstoke.