Definition of Clear Division of Labor
(noun) The distinct specialization of tasks in a bureaucracy that each individual must perform.
Example of Clear Division of Labor
- Assistants completing clerical work for their managers.
Clear Division of Labor Pronunciation
Syllabification: clear di·vi·sion of la·bor
- American English – /klIR duh-vIzh-uhn uhv lAY-buhr/
- British English – /klIUH di-vIzh-uhn UHv lAY-buh/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /klɪr dɪˈvɪʒən əv ˈleɪbər/
- British English – /klɪə dɪˈvɪʒən əv ˈleɪbə/
- Plural: clear divisions of labor
- A type of division of labor.
- Variant spelling: clear division of labour
- “Bureaucracies generally reward compliance, not defiance. In bureaucratic settings, one does not typically advance by being the defiant, rugged, and fiercely independent individualist of American folklore, but by going along to get along, being a team player, following the rules and procedures, and slowly climbing the bureaucratic ladder one step at a time” (McNamee and Miller 2013:171–72).
- “Bureaucracy represented a new group of rulers and a new method of government in contrast to monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy. The concept of bureaucracy began to refer to power over the population. By the nineteenth century, the theme of bureaucracy as a threat to democracy developed into ideas that democracy was the fundamental corrective to the routine, inflexibility, and power that came to characterize bureaucracy” (Colignon 2007:179).
- “[I]f the division of labour does not produce solidarity, it is because the relationships between the organs are not regulated, they are in a state of anomie” (Durkheim  2004:37).
- “In order for the division of labour to engender solidarity, it is not, therefore, sufficient that each person has his task: this task must also suit him . . . . In effect, if the institution of classes or castes sometimes gives rise to painful wrangling, instead of producing solidarity, this is because the distribution of social functions on which the solidarity is based, does not correspond, or rather no longer responds to the distribution of talent” (Durkheim  2004:37).
- Economic Sociology Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “clear” and “division” and “labor” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- allocation of resources
- class consciousness
- Durkheim, Emile
- household allocative system
- Marx, Karl
- subsistence economy
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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “clear division of labor.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 28, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/clear-division-of-labor/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
clear division of labor. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/clear-division-of-labor/
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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “clear division of labor.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 28, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/clear-division-of-labor/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“clear division of labor.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 28 Mar. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/clear-division-of-labor/>.