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Globalization, Uncertainty and Men’s Careers

An International Comparison Edited by Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Professor of Sociology, European University Institute, Italy, Melinda Mills, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, UK and Fabrizio Bernardi, Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, Italy
Globalization, argue the contributors to this book, has remarkably accelerated social and economic change in modern societies. One such change is manifested in the world of work and careers. This book explores whether the forces of globalization affect the erosion of standard career patterns of mid-career men in twelve OECD countries. Overwhelming evidence against the ‘individualization of inequality’ thesis is provided – it is argued that equality remains largely stratified by factors such as occupational class and educational level, and in some countries has even grown over time.
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Globalization, argue the contributors to this book, has remarkably accelerated social and economic change in modern societies. One such change is manifested in the world of work and careers. This book explores whether the forces of globalization affect the erosion of standard career patterns of mid-career men in twelve OECD countries. Overwhelming evidence against the ‘individualization of inequality’ thesis is provided – it is argued that equality remains largely stratified by factors such as occupational class and educational level, and in some countries has even grown over time.

The contributors illustrate that globalization appears to have influenced the rise of ‘patchwork’ careers in countries where workers have been increasingly less protected by institutional configurations. These countries include Denmark, Mexico, The Netherlands, the UK and the US, as well as post-socialistic countries such as Hungary, Estonia and the Czech Republic. Interestingly, there is no evidence that men’s careers have become more erratic in Italy, Spain, Sweden or Germany. Nation-specific institutions, such as welfare regimes, education and training systems and employment relations remain key factors impacting on job mobility patterns.

Using empirical evidence to demonstrate how different policy approaches impact on the employment careers of individuals, this book will be invaluable to academics, students, researchers, practitioners and policymakers seeking to understand the effects of international social change on national contexts.
Contributors: F. Bernardi, H.-P. Blossfeld, E. Bukodi, T.A. DiPrete, K. Golsch, D. Grunow, D. Hamplová, J. Helemäe, S. Hillmert, A.D. Johnston, M. Kalmijn, T. Korpi, M. Kreidl, K. Kurz, S. Leth-Sørensen, R. Luijkx, M. Mills, R.J.A. Muffels, E.A. Parrado, P. Róbert, E. Saar, C. Simó Noguera, A. Soro Bonmati, M. Tåhlin
Contents:

Preface

Foreword

PART I: INTRODUCTION
1. Globalization, Uncertainty and Men’s Employment Careers: A Theoretical Framework
Melinda Mills, Hans-Peter Blossfeld and Fabrizio Bernardi

2. Globalization and Male Job Mobility in European Welfare States
Ruud J.A. Muffels and Ruud Luijkx

PART II: COUNTRY-SPECIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS ON CONSERVATIVE WELFARE REGIMES
3. Increasing Instability in Employment Careers of West German Men? A Comparison of the Birth Cohorts 1940, 1955 and 1964
Karin Kurz, Steffen Hillmert and Daniela Grunow

PART III: COUNTRY-SPECIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS ON SOCIAL-DEMOCRATIC WELFARE REGIMES
4. The Impact of Globalization on Job and Career Mobility of Dutch Men: Life-History Data from the Mid-1950s to the Year 2000
Ruud Luijkx, Matthijs Kalmijn and Ruud J.A. Muffels

5. The Impact of Globalization on Men’s Labor Market Mobility in Sweden
Tomas Korpi and Michael Tåhlin

6. Mobility of Men in the Danish Labor Market
Daniela Grunow and Søren Leth-Sørensen

PART IV: COUNTRY-SPECIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS ON POST-SOCIALIST WELFARE REGIMES
7. Men’s Career Mobility in Hungary During the 1990s
Erzsébet Bukodi and Péter Róbert

8. Employment Careers of Men in Estonia
Ellu Saar and Jelena Helemäe

9. The Winners in a Globalizing World: Mid-Career Men in the Czech Republic
Dana Hamplová and Martin Kreidl

PART V: COUNTRY-SPECIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS ON LIBERAL WELFARE REGIMES
10. Men’s Labor Market Mobility in Britain: Globalization, Labor Market Flexibility and Job Insecurity
Katrin Golsch

11. Globalization and Men’s Job Mobility in the United States
Melinda Mills, Aaron Douglas Johnston and Thomas A. DiPrete

PART VI: COUNTRY-SPECIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS ON FAMILISTIC WELFARE REGIMES
12. Globalization and Labor Market Mobility Over the Life Course of Men: The Case of Mexico
Emilio A. Parrado

13. Globalization and Men’s Employment Careers in Italy
Fabrizio Bernardi

14. Globalization and Men’s Mid-Career Occupational Mobility in Spain
Carles Simó Noguera, Katrin Golsch and Asunción Soro Bonmatí

PART VII: CONCLUSIONS
15. Globalization, Patchwork Careers and the Individualization of Inequality? A 12-Country Comparison of Men’s Mid-Career Job Mobility
Melinda Mills and Hans-Peter Blossfeld

Index