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Working in Canada

A Sociological Exploration

by (author) Tracey Adams

Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2021
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The most accessible and intersectional exploration of the role of work in Canadian society.

Canada's student body is diverse and the transition from student to worker is often challenging. Working in Canada's intersectional and practical approach to work draws connections between sociological theory and real-life examples to help students better understand the workforce they will soon enter.

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Contributor Notes

Tracey Adams specializes in the sociology of work, occupations and professions, and social inequality. Within this broad area, she has two primary areas of research. The first explores work and social inequality, with a focus on gender, in intersection with class and race. This research explores men's and women's experiences in male-dominated and female-dominated work environments, and the way in which work (especially professional and high-status work) is gendered. The second research area is professional work in Canada. This research focuses on processes of professionalization in the past and present, inter-professional conflict, inter-professional teamwork, and professional regulation. Professor Adams' current research project examines professional regulation in five Canadian provinces from Confederation to the present day. As part of this project, she is currently comparing the regulation of several alternate health professions that have historically been regulated differently across provinces (chiropody/podiatry, naturopathy, osteopathy). This research also explores state-profession relations more broadly.

Editorial Reviews

"Working in Canada is theoretically robust, and grounds work and labour in Canada socio-historically. It provides a solid historical foundation for understanding the nature of work in contemporary Canadian society." --Charles Adeyanju, University of Prince Edward Island

"Working in Canada weaves together statistical overviews of labour market trends with workers' experiences of discrimination, harassment, and occupational health and safety concerns with a depth not found in most sociology texts on work." --Susan Machum, St. Thomas University

"This is an accessible and engaging textbook that provides an excellent overview of the key concepts in the Sociology of Work from a Canadian perspective. This text provides a great overview of past, current, and future topics relating to the Sociology of Work in a style that is accessible and interesting for undergraduate students." --Rebecca Casey, Acadia University