‘Too scared to go sick’—reformulating the research agenda on sickness absence

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This article argues that our understanding of absences and absenteeism, deriving from seminal studies in the sociology of work and employment, has been overtaken by hugely significant developments in political economy, regulation and employment relations. A new research agenda that addresses the changed oragnisational politics of absence management and the consequences for employees is urgently required.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-288
Number of pages19
JournalIndustrial Relations Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010


  • absences
  • absenteeism
  • sociology of work
  • employment
  • sick leave

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