Constructing Corporate America: History, Politics, Culture

Paperback | September 10, 2004

EditorKENNETH LIPARTITO, David B. Sicilia

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Why and how has the business corporation come to exert such a powerful influence on American society? The essays here take up this question, offering a fresh perspective on the ways in which the business corporation has assumed an enduring place in the modern capitalist economy, and how it hasaffected American society, culture and politics over the past two centuries.The authors challenge standard assumptions about the business corporation's emergence and performance in the United States over the past two centuries. Reviewing in depth the different theoretical and historiographical traditions that have treated the corporation, the volume seeks a new departurethat can more fully explain this crucial institution of capitalism. Rejecting assertions that the corporation is dead, the essays show that in fact it has survived and even thrived down to the present in part because of the ways in which it has related to its social, political and culturalenvironmental. In doing so, the book breaks with older explanations ground in technology and economics, and treats the corporation for the first time as a fully social institution. Drawing on a variety of social theories and approaches, the essays help to point the way toward future studies of thispowerful and enduring institution, offering a new periodization and a new set of question for scholars to explore. The range of essays engages the legal and political position of the corporation, the ways in which the corporation has been shaped by and shaped American culture, the controversies overcorporate regulation and corporate power, and the efforts of minority and disadvantaged groups to gain access to the resources and opportunities that corporations control.

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Why and how has the business corporation come to exert such a powerful influence on American society? The essays here take up this question, offering a fresh perspective on the ways in which the business corporation has assumed an enduring place in the modern capitalist economy, and how it hasaffected American society, culture and poli...

Kenneth Lipartito is Professor of History, and Chair of the Department of History, at the Florida International University. His previous publications include Investing for Middle America: John Elliott Tappan and the Origins of American Express Financial Advisors (St. Martins Press, 2001). David B. Sicilia is Visiting Fulbright Profess...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:382 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.88 inPublished:September 10, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction. Kenneth Lipartito and David B. Sicilia: Crossing Corporate BoundariesPart I: The Corporate Project1. Naomi R. Lamoreaux: Partnerships, Corporations, and the Limits on Contractual Freedom in US History: An Essay in Economics, Law, and Culture2. Colleen A. Dunlavy: From Partners to Plutocrats: Nineteenth-Century Shareholder Voting Rights and Theories of the Corporation3. Kenneth Lipartito: The Utopian Corporation4. Gerald Berk: Whose Hubris? Brandeis, Scientific Management, and the RailroadsPart II: Corporate-State Interdependencies5. Louis Galambos: The Monopoly Enigma, the Reagan Administration's Antitrust Experiment, and the Global Economy6. David M. Hart: Corporate Technological Capabilities and the State: A Dynamic Historical Interaction7. David B. Sicilia: The Corporation Under Seige: Social Movements, Regulation, Public Relations, and Tort Law since World War IIPart III: The Business of Identity8. Charles Dellheim: The Business of Jews9. Juliet E. K. Walker: White Corporate America: The New Arbiter of Race?10. Melissa Fisher: Wall Street Women's Herstories11. Eric Guthey: New Economy Romanticism, Narratives of Corporate Personhood, and the Antimanagerial ImpulseAfterword. Kenneth Lipartito and David B. Sicilia: Towards New Renderings