What is it about?

The aim of this paper is to move beyond the market/non-market divide and to recognise the plurality of labour practices in societies by adopting a variant of what Glucksmann calls “a total social organisation of labour” approach.

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Why is it important?

The outcome is to reveal the multifarious labour practices in these English localities along with how both work cultures and the nature of individual labour practices vary socio-spatially. While affluent and rural populations draw more on an array of market-oriented and monetised labour practices, deprived populations and urban localities are found to rely more on a range of non-market and non-monetised labour practices, and all labour practices are more likely to be conducted out of necessity in deprived and urban populations and out of choice in affluent and rural populations.


The paper transcends the market/non-market dualism and proposes an alternative conceptual framework to capture the multifarious labour practices in societies.

Professor Colin C Williams
University of Sheffield

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This page is a summary of: Beyond the market/non‐market divide: a total social organisation of labour perspective, International Journal of Social Economics, May 2010, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/03068291011042292.
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