Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century / Edition 25

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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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Editorial Reviews

Reprints the 1974 classic that became the standard text for such areas of sociology as the science of managerial control, the relationship of technological innovation to social class, and the eradication of skill from work under capitalism. Having worked at a number of crafts in the metal industry, Braverman 1920-76 turned to journalism and spent his last decade as the director of Monthly Review Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780853459408
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Edition description: 25TH ANNIVERSARY
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 465
  • Sales rank: 571,793
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

New Introduction
Introduction 3
1 Labor and Labor Power 31
2 The Origins of Management 41
3 The Division of Labor 49
4 Scientific Management 59
5 The Primary Effects of Scientific Management 86
6 The Habituation of the Worker to the Capitalist Mode of Production 96
7 The Scientific-Technical Revolution 107
8 The Scientific-Technical Revolution and the Worker 117
9 Machinery 127
10 Further Effects of Management and Technology on the Distribution of Labor 163
11 Surplus Value and Surplus Labor 175
12 The Modern Corporation 179
13 The Universal Market 188
14 The Role of the State 197
15 Clerical Workers 203
16 Service Occupations and Retail Trade 248
17 The Structure of the Working Class and Its Reserve Armies 261
18 The "Middle Layers" of Employment 279
19 Productive and Unproductive Labor 284
20 A Final Note on Skill 294
App. 1: Two Comments 311
App. 2 The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century 316
Index 326
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