Manufacturing Consent: Changes in the Labor Process Under Monopoly Capitalism

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University of Chicago Press, Sep 15, 1982 - Business & Economics - 267 pages
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.
 

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Contents

The Demise of Industrial Sociology
5
Toward a Theory of the Capitalist Labor Process
15
From Geer Company to Allied Corporation
35
Thirty Years of Making Out
48
The Labor Process as a Game
79
The Rise of an Internal Labor Market
97
Consolidating an Internal State
111
The Labor Process in a Recession
125
Struggles on the Shop Floor
163
Class Struggle and Capitalist Competition
180
From Competitive to Monopoly Capitalism
195
Comparative Perspective Change and Continuity in the Zambian Mining Industry
207
Notes
219
Bibliography
255
Index
265
Copyright

The Labor Process and Worker Consciousness
137

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About the author (1982)

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.

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