Subjectivity and the Dialectics of Praxis: Opening up the Core of Labour Process Analysis

  • Hugh Willmott
Part of the Studies in the Labour Process book series (SLP)

Abstract

Prompted by the appearance of Labor and Monopoly Capital (1974), the labour process debate has been characterised by a series of critiques of its conceptual and historical adequacy, and by a stream of empirical studies which have varied considerably in their awareness and illumination of its central problematics. Although often exaggerated, deficiencies in Braverman’s analysis are now widely accepted. Empirical weaknesses, such as his excessive emphasis upon Taylorism and deskilling, have been addressed (e.g. Edwards, 1979). At the same time, efforts have been made to develop more adequate conceptual tools for analysing central themes, such as the dynamics of management control (e.g. Storey, 1985; Friedman, in this volume).

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Coherence Expense Posit Opium Kelly 

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