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New Social Economy

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As capitalism expands and state socialism disintegrates, divisions of labor -- in households, corporations and multinational networks -- have been reorganized. These changes have critical implications for economic development, the distribution of power and social change. Yet the concept of division of labor has been neglected compared to class, gender, and consumption; it has typically been treated as backcloth rather than as one of the key forces of economy and society. The New Social Economy shows that the ...
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Overview

As capitalism expands and state socialism disintegrates, divisions of labor -- in households, corporations and multinational networks -- have been reorganized. These changes have critical implications for economic development, the distribution of power and social change. Yet the concept of division of labor has been neglected compared to class, gender, and consumption; it has typically been treated as backcloth rather than as one of the key forces of economy and society. The New Social Economy shows that the division of labor has far-reaching effects, often falsely attributed to other structural forces.

As the division of labor is reworked in practice, it needs to be retheorized, transcending the narrow boundaries of academic disciplines. In so doing, the authors provide illuminating, occasionally iconoclastic, perspectives on some of the most hotly-debated issues in contemporary social science: The relationship between gender and class in social theory. The rise of a service, or post-industrial, economy. The changing fabric of industrial organization. Post-fordism and flexible specialization. Japanese mass production systems. The failure of socialist planning and the limits of market capitalism.

The scope and approach of this book, as well as the depth of its inquiry, make it essential reading in political economy, geography, and industrial sociology and economics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557862785
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Pages: 306

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Class, Gender and the Division of Labor 13
The Division of Labor and Places in Production 15
Class and the Control of Production 20
Class and the Division of Labor 24
Gender and Patriarchy: Beyond Production 34
Gender, Class and the Division of Labor 40
Conclusion 53
2 The Brave New World of the Service Economy: The Expanding Division of Labor 56
Products: What Comes Out 59
The Labor Process: What Goes In 67
Circulation: What Goes Around 75
Personal Consumption: What Results? 85
Social Consumption and the Infrastructure of Modern Life: Results as Preconditions 93
Surplus Value: What is Extracted 98
Conclusion: The Struggle for a Truly Social Economy 104
3 The Expanding Horizons of Industrial Organization 108
The Organizational Problem: Division and Integration of Labor 110
The Basic Triad: Workplace, Firm and Market 119
The Middle Ground: Inter-firm Alliances and Networks 129
The Larger Field: Territories and States 140
Organizational Dynamics and Economic Development 148
Conclusion: The Political Economy of Industrial Organization 159
4 New Developments in Manufacturing: The Just-in-Time System 162
Approaching the Labor Process 163
The Just-in-Case System 165
The Just-in-Time System 170
Just-in-Case, Just-in-Time, and Fordism 178
Conclusion 189
5 Beyond Fordism and Flexibility 191
Dualistic Rhetoric and "Binary Histories" 193
Beyond Fordism 194
Beyond Flexibility 198
Flexible Rigidities? Japanese Industrial Organization 212
Conclusion 221
6 Capitalism, Socialism, and the Social Division of Labor 224
The Complexity of the Division of Labor and the Problem of Integration 226
Approaches to the Division of Labor and the Problem of Integration 235
Class Reductionism and the Social Division of Labor 238
Control, Power, and the Social Division of Labor 249
The Social Division of Labor and Socialism 255
Socialist Policies in Capitalism 264
Conclusion 268
Bibliography 271
Index 301
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