Power, Profits, and Patriarchy: The Social Organization of Work at a British Metal Trades Firm, 1791-1922 by William G. Staples, Clifford L. Staples
Founded in 1791 and in existence for more than two hundred years, the Kenrick iron foundry of West Bromwich, England produced some of the finest cast-iron hardware ever made. William and Clifford Staples' goal in studying the Kenrick case is to examine how taken-for-granted assumptions about class, gender, and familial relations contributed to the longevity of the firm. The authors' investigation uncovers three distinct political regimes of production that they characterize as successive forms of capitalist patriarchy. Indeed, it is contended that the Kenricks were able to maintain their power and their profits, to a great extent, because they were able to use patriarchy to solve pressing organizational problems. By balancing a concern with both the materiality of production and its ideological, cultural, and political moments, this book offers new insights into the nature of production politics, patriarchy, and the historical sociology of capitalism.
William G. Staples is professor of sociology at the University of Kansas. Clifford L. Staples is professor of sociology at the University of North Dakota.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 List of Abbreviations Chapter 3 1 Introduction Chapter 4 2 "Masters and Servants" The Foundations of Patriarchy, 1791-1867 Chapter 5 3 With "Liberality and Kindness": The Genesis of Paternalism, 1868-1891 Chapter 6 4 "You Are Not Paid to Think": The Collapse of Paternalism, 1868-1891 Chapter 7 5 "A Personal Interest in the Prosperity of Their Employers": Bureaucratic Hegemony and the Origins of Social Patriarchy, 1914-1922 Chapter 8 6 Epilogue Chapter 9 Notes Chapter 10 Appendix A: Children's Employment Commission (1862) Chapter 11 Appendix B: Factory and Workshops Acts Commission Part 12 Select Bibliography Part 13 Index Part 14 About the Authors