From Tank Town to High Tech: The Clash of Community and Industrial Cycles

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SUNY Press, 1989 - Business & Economics - 368 pages
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This is a book about the impact of high tech defense production on individuals, families, and communities. It analyzes the restructuring of an American industry around high tech defense production, and the effect of this restructuring on employment opportunities and on the redistribution of profits. The author is concerned with the construction of corporate hegemony which she defines in Gramscian terms as leadership by large corporations, establishing a pattern for industrial organization. Focusing on regional economic history and corporate policy, Dr. Nash identifies the interconnected issues that bear on the relationship between industrial transformation and social life, on the restructuring of the American economy, and the consequences of militarization and commercialization on the family and community.
 

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Contents

Community and Corporate Hegemony
7
Industrialization and Urban Growth
29
General Electric Company and
51
Forging Corporate Hegemony
93
The Organization of Work
123
Competitive Firms
165
Buying and Selling in Pittsfield
197
At Home with the MilitaryIndustrial Complex
229
Family and Community in Pittsfield
263
Government Mediation and the Survival
297
The Restructuring of American Industry and
315
Notes
339
Index
351
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June C. Nash is Professor of Anthropology at the City College of New York. She is a co-editor of Women, Men, and the International Division of Labor, also published by SUNY Press.

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