Generations at Work and Social Cohesion in Europe

by Patricia Vendramin (Volume editor)
Edited Collection 324 Pages


Work has always been and remains a powerful integrator in society. It provides places, duties and rights and classifies individuals on a scale of social prestige. Over a long period of time, however, the meaning of work has changed. It has become more diversified and it is now a matter for high expectations, of different kinds – instrumental, social, symbolic – that do not replace each other.
In post-industrial societies, work and identities are still strongly intertwined despite a progressive distance vis-à-vis work (if work is considered as a value per se). Work remains a social integrator but it no longer has a hegemonic value.
There is a generational component in these changes, both in the subjective meaning of work and in its objective conditions (status, trajectories, security, etc.). Do such generational differentiations unavoidably lead to fractures in social cohesion? That is the key question of this book.


ISBN (eBook)
Publication date
2011 (February)
Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. 324 pp., num. tables

Biographical notes

Patricia Vendramin (Volume editor)

Patricia Vendramin is a research director at the Fondation Travail-Université (BE) and a Professor at the University Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL) where she teaches sociology and labour science. She has a PhD in sociology and masters in communication sciences and development studies. Her research and publications address issues relating to work, including: atypical work practices, organisation, working time, quality of work, women’s work, industrial relations, youth employment and social bonding.


Title: Generations at Work and Social Cohesion in Europe