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Labour process theory and critical realism

Thompson, P. and Vincent, S. (2010) Labour process theory and critical realism. In: Working Life: Renewing Labour Process Analysis. Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment . Palgrave McMillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, pp. 47-69. ISBN 978-0-230-22223-6

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This chapter explores the potential synergies between labour process theory (LPT) and critical realism (CR). Its purpose is not to suggest that using CR is a substitute for theorising within the LPT tradition. Rather it is to set out the view that CR conceptions of a layered ontology may help to address and resolve some long standing issues about the scope and character of LPT, particularly those associated with the idea of a ‘core’ theory, as discussed below and in several chapters within this volume (see also Edwards 2005).