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Mary Nolan's Visions of Modernity explores the contradictory ways in which Germans envisioned a more efficient or "rationalized" economic system, and anguished over the social and cultural costs of adopting the American version of modernity. These debates deeply shaped German perceptions of what was possible and desirable in terms of technology and work, family and gender relations, consumption and culture. Germans imitated economic Americanism ambivalently and incompletely.
Embodying an original approach to an important historical period, Visions of Modernity will appeal not only to scholars of German history and those interested in European social and working-class history, but also to industrial sociologists and business scholars.
|2||Journeys to America||17|
|3||The Infatuation with Fordism||30|
|4||American Economic Success and German Emulation||58|
|5||Work, Workers, and the Workplace in America||83|
|6||The Cultural Consequences of Americanism||108|
|7||The Paradoxes of Productivism||131|
|8||Winners and Losers||154|
|9||Engineering the New Worker||179|
|10||Housework Made Easy||206|