Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century

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Monthly Review Press, Dec 1, 1998 - Political Science - 460 pages

This widely acclaimed book, first published in 1974, was a classic from its first day in print. Written in a direct, inviting way by Harry Braverman, whose years as an industrial worker gave him rich personal insight into work, Labor and Monopoly Capital overturned the reigning ideologies of academic sociology.

This new edition features an introduction by John Bellamy Foster that sets the work in historical and theoretical context, as well as two rare articles by Braverman, "The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century" (1975) and "Two Comments" (1976), that add much to our understanding of the book.

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Have read this about a year ago and I remember it for clarity of thought. It was a long read for me, and some chapters I struggled to keep my motivation. However the content of the book clearly lays out how the monetary/economic paradigm which has stayed the same since time memorable, is crashing against technology, and more importantly the technological unemployment of today. When automation is taking over more and more fields of production, how do we structure our society accordingly? It points to some of the root problems of our common global community. 


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Harry Braverman was director of Monthly Review Press at the time of his death in 1976. John Bellamy Foster is associate professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, author of The Vulnerable Planet, and co-editor of In Defense of History: Marxism and Postmodern Agenda.

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