Sociology possesses a rich and deep tradition in the field of industry, work and organizations However, its past preeminence in the field lies encrusted under layers of research and practice done by those in other disciplines This is particularly disappointing with regard to the absence of sociologists' involvement in the momentous changes overtaking the industrial landscape—the move to more flexible and participatory workplace arrangements Part of the problem is the lack of a coherent theoretical framework to help locale a distinctively sociological approach and provide a clear clinical role for sociologists This article attempts to "take back" sociology's considerable heritage with regard to workplace and industrial change. It does so by locating sociology within the field and by focusing on the theoretical, methodological, and practice dimensions of three prominent practitioners The distinguishing features of the work of these practitioners are presented and the outlines of an expanded sociological approach and clinical role are proposed
Finkelstein, Marvin S.
"Taking Back a Rich Tradition: A Sociological Approach to Workplace and Industrial Change in the Global Economy,"
Clinical Sociology Review: Vol. 10
, Article 17.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/csr/vol10/iss1/17