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Positional Sources of Inequality in Job Satisfaction

Citation

Kalleberg, Arne L. & Griffin, Larry J. (1978). Positional Sources of Inequality in Job Satisfaction. Sociology of Work and Occupations, 5(4), 371-401.

Abstract

Differences in job satisfaction constitute an important form of social inequality. In this paper, we conceptualize and assess that portion of the variation injob satisfaction that is generated by differential positions in the social and technical division of labor. We further attempt to explain these inequalities on the basis of the job rewards and work values that are associated with these social positions. Our results suggest, in particular, that jobs in the working class are less satisfying because incumbents of working class jobs obtain less financial and intrinsic job rewards than do members of other classes. Our analyses are based on data from the 1972-73 Quality of Employ ment Survey.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/073088847800500401

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

1978

Journal Title

Sociology of Work and Occupations

Author(s)

Kalleberg, Arne L.
Griffin, Larry J.