Power in the Workplace: The Politics of Production at AT&T available in Hardcover
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- State University of New York Press
This book presents a systematic case study of the hi-tech communications industry that reveals many trends in managerial authority in the workpace. Vallas reveals the mechanisms that enable advanced capitalist firms to achieve and maintain control over the workers they employ. He demonstrates that the spread and integration of automated technologies place lower level human labor in positions of declining power. The new regime does not deskill workers and need not lead toward what some have called electronic sweatshops. Nevertheless, Vallas concludes that increasing managerial control over production poses a major challenge to those who advocate labor participation in the management of American industries.
|Publisher:||State University of New York Press|
|Series:||SUNY series in the Sociology of Work and Organizations Series|
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
2. Work, Power, and the Monopoly Corporation
The Emiseration of Labor?
The Emancipation of Labor?
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
Two Firms, One Regime
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
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
Labor Control in the Monopoly Core
Beyond the New Regime
Appendix: Research Methods and Sample Design