Labor and Monopoly Capital is one of the most influential books of our time,and it Harry Braverman () drew on his rich experience as pipefitter. Review: Harry Braverman. Labor and. Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of. Work in the Twentieth Century. New. York: Monthly Review Press, ,. pp. This widely acclaimed book, first published in , was a classic from its first day in print. Written in a direct, inviting way by Harry Braverman, whose year.

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

Are we now living in a world where these early horrors of capitalism have been replaced and now, rather than jobs being reduced to the lowest possible skill level, we are seeing broad-banding, multi-skilled jobs and total quality management? Open Preview See a Problem? I bought this several years ago, but I had left it on my shelf for too long, one of those books I know I should have read, but other books just kept getting in the way. Several historians have responded to Labor and Monopoly Capital by revealing through archival research that the Taylor Society had been far more liberal than Braverman suggested Taylor’s long-term influence had been.

The best analysis of the division of labor between the design and the execution of industrial production. Share your thoughts with other customers. It helps explain hadry collapse of the “living wage” job in the U. And this is a large part of his distaste for the division of labour. It is not enough that capitalism alienates workers from the wealth created by their work, it also makes their work less meaningful. Of course the technology creates jobs, but very few require real skill or intellectual exertion while most are even less skilled than the previous technologies required, monoppoly always the total number of jobs steadily decreases.


To see what your friends thought of this monopooy, please sign up. Having established his basic terms, Braverman than traces the evolution of work up to his present: He sometimes used the pseudonym Harry Frankel.

Building monoply Monopoly Capital by Paul A. Brilliant critical analysis of the conditions of modern labor; Braverman takes a critical look at Taylorism and the effects of what is called “scientific management.

Well, yes and no. I was assigned to read this book for a class in Marxism.

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

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Put down your mind-erasing smartphones and turn off your stupefying ‘smart tv’ and drop the Youtube vids and get off the retarded social-media treadmill. Despite my own failings, I think this was a worthwhile read.

Labor and Monopoly Capital: The intro drives a crucial wedge between sociological definitions of the working class vs the social relations that constitute a working class subject which befits Marxism.

Jan 30, Kristin rated it it was amazing. Instead, the argument goes, the real reason for dividing the brverman as Smith describes is to force all the workers to congregate in one central place where the employer can control their work. This would include Lean Six Sigma and any other change management or continuous improvement methodologies.


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January Number of Pages: Intended as a direct assault on management of blue-collar labor under capitalism, Braverman’s book started what came to be called, using Braverman’s phraseology, ” the labor process debate “. The book was published in Nov 21, Geoff marked it as to-read.

Foster was a craftsman for a few years so there are a few anecdotes from his experience, but this idea of work does take up much of his time.

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” and “Two Comments”that add much to our understanding of the book. Don’t have a Kindle? Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

I guess you could call it a kind of pyrrhic victory that we’re now over a decade into the 21st century, and Braverman’s argument is more relevant than ever.