Sociology



FROM BANANA TIME TO JUST-IN-TIME: POWER AND RESISTANCE AT WORK


TIM  MAY a1
a1 School of English, Sociology, Politics and Contemporary History and Institute for Social Research, University of Salford, Salford, Greater Manchester, M5 4WT, England

Abstract

Following debates within this journal regarding the absence of adequate studies of resistance in the contemporary fields of industrial sociology and organisational behaviour, this paper seeks to understand its reasons and consequences. Through an examination of the history of approaches to the study of power and resistance at work, the grounds for this debate are considered and illuminated. The paper then suggests how this debate might be taken forward through developing the ideas of tactics and strategies and episodic and dispositional power.


Key Words: discretion; power; resistance; strategies; tactics.