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Since the 1930s, industrial sociologists have tried to answer the question, Why do workers not work harder? Michael Burawoy spent ten months as a machine operator in a Chicago factory trying to answer different but equally important questions: Why do workers work as hard as they do? Why do workers routinely consent to their own exploitation?

Manufacturing Consent, the result of Burawoy's research, combines rich ethnographical description with an original Marxist theory of the capitalist labor process. Manufacturing Consent is unique among studies of this kind because Burawoy has been able to analyze his own experiences in relation to those of Donald Roy, who studied the same factory thirty years earlier. Burawoy traces the technical, political, and ideological changes in factory life to the transformations of the market relations of the plant (it is now part of a multinational corporation) and to broader movements, since World War II, in industrial relations.

Synopsis:

Since the 1930s, industrial sociologists have tried to answer the question, Why do workers not work harder? Michael Burawoy spent ten months as a machine operator in a Chicago factory trying to answer different but equally important questions: Why do workers work as hard as they do? Why do workers routinely consent to their own exploitation?

About the Author

Michael Burawoy is associate professor of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the co-editor (with Theda Skocpol) of Marxist Inquiries: Studies of Labor, Class, and States, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Preface

Part 1 - From Sociology to Marxism

1. The Demise of Industrial Sociology

2. Toward a Theory of the Capitalist Labor Process

Part 2 - Changes in the Labor Process

3. From Geer Company to Allied Corporation

4. Thirty Years of Making Out

Part 3 - The Production of Consent

5. The Labor Process as a Game

6. The Rise of an Internal Labor Market

7. Consolidating an Internal State

Part 4 - The Relative Autonomy of the Labor Process

8. The Labor Process in a Recession

9. The Labor Process and Worker Consciousness

Part 5 - The Motors of Change

10. Struggles on the Shop Floor

11. Class Struggle and Capitalist Competition

12. From Competitive to Monopoly Capitalism

Appendix

Comparative Perspective: Change and Continuity in the Zambian Mining Industry

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226080383
Author:
Burawoy, Michael
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
Industries
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Industrial relations
Subject:
Labor and laboring classes
Subject:
Industrial sociology
Subject:
Industry
Subject:
Machinists
Subject:
Marxian school of sociology.
Edition Number:
Paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
971
Publication Date:
19820931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
286
Dimensions:
8.51x5.54x.65 in. .70 lbs.

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