Manufacturing Consent: Changes in the Labor Process Under Monopoly Capitalism

Paperback | September 15, 1982

byMichael Burawoy

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Since the 1930s, industrial sociologists have tried to answer the question, Why do workers not work harder? Michael Burawoy spent ten months as a machine operator in a Chicago factory trying to answer different but equally important questions: Why do workers work as hard as they do? Why do workers routinely consent to their own exploitation?

Manufacturing Consent, the result of Burawoy's research, combines rich ethnographical description with an original Marxist theory of the capitalist labor process. Manufacturing Consent is unique among studies of this kind because Burawoy has been able to analyze his own experiences in relation to those of Donald Roy, who studied the same factory thirty years earlier. Burawoy traces the technical, political, and ideological changes in factory life to the transformations of the market relations of the plant (it is now part of a multinational corporation) and to broader movements, since World War II, in industrial relations.

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Since the 1930s, industrial sociologists have tried to answer the question, Why do workers not work harder? Michael Burawoy spent ten months as a machine operator in a Chicago factory trying to answer different but equally important questions: Why do workers work as hard as they do? Why do workers routinely consent to their own exploit...

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Since the 1930s, industrial sociologists have tried to answer the question, Why do workers not work harder? Michael Burawoy spent ten months as a machine operator in a Chicago factory trying to answer different but equally important questions: Why do workers work as hard as they do? Why do workers routinely consent to their own exploit...

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Since the 1930s, industrial sociologists have tried to answer the question, Why do workers not work harder? Michael Burawoy spent ten months as a machine operator in a Chicago factory trying to answer different but equally important questions: Why do workers work as hard as they do? Why do workers routinely consent to their own exploit...

Michael Burawoy is associate professor of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the co-editor (with Theda Skocpol) of Marxist Inquiries: Studies of Labor, Class, and States, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:286 pages, 8.51 × 5.54 × 0.9 inPublished:September 15, 1982Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226080382

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Table of Contents

Preface
Part 1 - From Sociology to Marxism
1. The Demise of Industrial Sociology
2. Toward a Theory of the Capitalist Labor Process
Part 2 - Changes in the Labor Process
3. From Geer Company to Allied Corporation
4. Thirty Years of Making Out
Part 3 - The Production of Consent
5. The Labor Process as a Game
6. The Rise of an Internal Labor Market
7. Consolidating an Internal State
Part 4 - The Relative Autonomy of the Labor Process
8. The Labor Process in a Recession
9. The Labor Process and Worker Consciousness
Part 5 - The Motors of Change
10. Struggles on the Shop Floor
11. Class Struggle and Capitalist Competition
12. From Competitive to Monopoly Capitalism
Appendix
Comparative Perspective: Change and Continuity in the Zambian Mining Industry
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Since the 1930s, industrial sociologists have tried to answer the question, Why do workers not work harder? Michael Burawoy spent ten months as a machine operator in a Chicago factory trying to answer different but equally important questions: Why do workers work as hard as they do? Why do workers routinely consent to their own exploitation?