Book News: June 27th, 2002

By David Wainwright and Michael CalnanWe are facing an epidemic of work stress. But why should problems at work which previously led to industrial disputes and political activity now be experienced as a cause of physical or mental illness? This book combines a critique of the scientific evidence relating to work stress, with an account of the social, historical and cultural changes that produced this phenomenon. The analysis is grounded in workers’ accounts of their experiences of work stress, derived from the authors’ qualitative research. The book concludes with the consequences of adopting the passive identity of ‘work stress victim’.

Published by Open University Press ISBN 0 335 20707. 17 pounds 99p.