Book Chapter

Labour process theory and critical realism



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

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).

labour process theory; critical realism; labour process analysis; Sociology

Title of seriesCritical Perspectives on Work and Employment
Publication date31/12/2010
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publisher URL…sb=9780230222236
Place of publicationLondon

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Professor Paul Thompson

Professor Paul Thompson

Emeritus Professor, Management, Work and Organisation