In this recognized classic of sociology and the study of labor and the professions, Everett C. Hughes detailed his conviction that a person's work is a clue to the course of his or her life, defining one's social being and core identity. He also argued that work influences a person's social outlooks and attitudes, even across class, gender, and racial lines. The thirteen papers collected in this volume, and much cited over the years and today, explore the social and psychological aspects of work rather than the technical and organizational aspects found in other research, and study the professional and near-professional actor, among other labor roles, rather than the more typically cataloged industrial and bureaucratic occupations. The chapters include the ideas that grew out of Hughes' studies on the organization of work, conceptually, and the nature of the work experience. This is an unabridged republication of the 1958 book by The Free Press of Glencoe (republished in 1981 verbatim by Greenwood Press). It is presented in quality ebook format by Quid Pro Books, a leader in the digital world of academic books. Using proper formatting and careful proofreading against the original, the ebook features linked chapter notes, active Contents, a complete and fully-linked Index, and the original tables presented from the print books.Also available in new (2015) paperback reprint edition, with modern format retaining the original page numbers embedded in text (but not a mere photocopy or facsimile like other "new" printings available from other publishers). NOTE: Only the Quid Pro edition is presented in modern form even if this description appears on others' sales pages. Everett Cherrington Hughes was an influential sociologist known for his research in ethnic relations, work and occupations, and fieldwork methodology. He taught sociology at McGill, Brandeis, Boston College, and (most famously) the University of Chicago, where he mentored in interactive and qualitative research such sociologists as Becker, Goffman, Strauss, and Friedson. Hughes served as president of the American Sociological Association and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.