New Book: Nemoto on Gender Inequality in the Japanese Workplace

Section member, Kumiko Nemoto, recently published a new book: Too Few Women at the Top: The Persistence of Inequality in Japan (ILR/Cornell University Press, 2016)


The number of women in positions of power and authority in Japanese companies has remained small despite the increase in the number of educated women and the passage of legislation on gender equality. In Too Few Women at the Top, Kumiko Nemoto draws on theoretical insights regarding Japan’s coordinated capitalism and institutional stasis to challenge claims that the surge in women’s education and employment will logically lead to the decline of gender inequality and eventually improve women’s status in the Japanese workplace.

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New Publications: Two Handbooks of Interest to OOW Members

Paul Adler and colleagues have recently published a handbook that may be of interest to OOW members.  Additionally, an earlier handbook edited by Adler is now available in paperback. Both handbooks are listed below:

  • The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory and Organization Studies: Contemporary Currents, edited by Paul S. Adler, Paul du Gay, Glenn Morgan, and Michael Reed
  • The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies: Classical Foundations, edited by Paul S. Adler

The table of contents for each handbook can be found below:

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New Member Publications

OOW Section member, Carolyn Perrucci, has several new publications that may be of interest to Section members:

  1. Richard Hogan and Carolyn Cummings Perrucci, “Who Gets the Daddy Bonus and Who Pays the Cost?” International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, 51, 2 (October 2014): 117-143.
  2. Robert Perrucci and Carolyn Cummings Perrucci, “The Triple Revolution, 1965-2015: Revisiting Institutional Social Problems,” International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, 52, 2 (October 2015): 213-230.
  3. Carolyn Cummings Perrucci and Robert Perrucci, “Economic Crisis and Its Effects on Hope, Trust, and Caring,” pages 11-25 in C. M. Renzetti and R. K. Bergen, (eds.), Understanding Diversity: Celebrating Difference, Challenging Inequality. Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, 2015.

New Book: Barman on the meaning of social value in an era of caring capitalism

Book ImageEmily Barman, OOW member, announces the publication of her new book, Caring Capitalism: The Meaning and Measure of Social Value (Cambridge University Press).

Book Summary
Companies are increasingly championed for their capacity to solve social problems. Yet what happens when such goods as water, education, and health are sold by companies – rather than donated by nonprofits – to the disadvantaged and when the pursuit of mission becomes entangled with the pursuit of profit? In Caring Capitalism, Emily Barman answers these important questions, showing how the meaning of social value in an era of caring capitalism gets mediated by the work of ‘value entrepreneurs’ and the tools they create to gauge companies’ social impact. By shedding light on these pivotal actors and the cultural and material contexts in which they operate, Caring Capitalism accounts for the unexpected consequences of this new vision of the market for the pursuit of social value.

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ILR Review: May Issue on International & Comparative Labor

The May issue of the ILR Review is devoted to research on international and comparative labor and employment relations.  Please see the overview editorial essay by Paul Marginson. Papers cover the neoliberal turn in French industrial relations, European outsourcing and contingent labor strategies, labor relations in post-Communist regimes, union mergers in Germany, flexicurity, work uncertainty and HR practices, local strategies against multinationals, global framework agreements, gender discrimination in hiring – and more.

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