ISBN-10:
0791412733
ISBN-13:
9780791412732
Pub. Date:
02/01/1993
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Power in the Workplace: The Politics of Production at AT&T

Power in the Workplace: The Politics of Production at AT&T

by Steven Peter Vallas

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ISBN-13: 9780791412732
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 02/01/1993
Series: SUNY series in the Sociology of Work and Organizations Series
Pages: 264

About the Author

Steven Peter Vallas is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is coeditor, with Kai Erikson, of The Nature of Work: Sociological Perspectives.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations

Preface

1. Introduction

2. Work, Power, and the Monopoly Corporation

The Emiseration of Labor?
Managerial Hegemony
The Emancipation of Labor?
Discussion

3. The Old Regime at AT&T: Taylorism, Paternalism, and Labor Struggle, 1890-1947.

Weavers of Speech: The Changing Character of Telephone Work

The Feminization of the Switchboard
The Rationalization of the Labor Process, 1890-1915

The Structure of Labor Control at AT&T

A Little Robot of Steel: The Mechanization of Labor

Institutionalizing Paternalism
Two Firms, One Regime
Conclusion

4. Capital, Labor, and New Technology

Technology, Skill, and Power at Work
The Structure of the Bell System after World War II

Tradition Amidst Bureaucracy
The 'Real Subordination of Labor' Revisited
The Nature of Plant Work in Manual C.O.s
Rationalization and Resistance

Information Technology and Work Processes

The Automation of Craft Work
The Automation of Clerical Work
Estimating the Links among Technology, Work, and Alienation

Conclusion

5. The Limits of Managerial Hegemony

The Dominant Ideology at Work
The Ideology of Participation
Economic Competition and the Workers Response
Sources of Variation in Working-Class Consciousness
Conclusion

6. Conclusion

Labor Control in the Monopoly Core
Beyond the New Regime

Appendix: Research Methods and Sample Design

Notes

References

Index

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