A commodified world?: mapping the limits of capitalism

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Zed Books, 2005 - Business & Economics - 308 pages
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This book critiques the notion that in Late Capitalism all economic relations become always ever more commodified, while non-capitalist activities disappear. It demonstrates that a combination of new cultures of resistance all constrain this tendency or even threaten to reverse it. Colin Williams finds that, even in the advanced economies, a non-commodified realm persists that is as large as the commodified sphere and growing relative to it. He draws on extensive empirical evidence of trends and new patterns of economic activity - including changes in women's participation, differences between wealthy and poor urban areas, and between urban and rural sectors. He explores non-commodified practices of resistance. And he concludes that governments and communities, by de-coupling production and consumption from the commodified realm, could open up alternative development paths.

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Contents

Argument of the Book
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The Commodification Thesis
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Where is the Evidence to Support the Commodification Thesis?
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Colin C. Williams is Professor of Work Organization and Director of the Collective for Alternative Organization Studies (CAOS) at the University of Leicester Management Centre (ULMC).