Sunday, March 4, 2012

Marjorie L. DeVault. (Ed.). (2008). People at Work: Life, Power and Social Inclusion in the New Economy.(Book review)

Marjorie L. DeVault. (Ed.). (2008). People at Work: Life, Power and Social Iclusion in the New Economy. New York and London: New York University Press. viii+344 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8147-2004-2 (paperback)

When Harry Braverman's Labour and Monopoly Capital hit the bookstands in 1974, it vigorously reasserted the power of Marxist-inspired radical theory to analyse and deconstruct the workings of the emerging postindustrial, post-Fordist societies of the developed world. However, what it also did at the time was to relegate the sociology of work and organization to essentially structural considerations, with individual workers degraded as reactive, often stereotypical operatives, agents of classes, aggregates, or status groups. This deficiency led to the subsequent evolution of Labour Process Theory and the Regulation School, both of which sought to develop a left-leaning critique of neo-liberalism that still acknowledged the strictures of capitalism and its regime of accumulation without cheating individuals and workers …

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