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).
|Title of host publication||Working Life: Renewing Labour Process Analysis|
|Editors||Paul Thompson, Chris Smith|
|Place of Publication||Houndmills, Basingstoke|
|Number of pages||23|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Name||Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment|
- labour process theory
- critical realism
- labour process analysis
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.