The Labor process and control of labor : the changing nature of work relations in the late twentieth century

edited by Berch Berberoglu

Today, in the final decade of the 20th century, the condition of labour in the United States is in a more precarious position than at any time during this century. During the past several decades, workers have experienced major transformations in the labour force structure and the labour process at the point of production, through corporate restructuring and reorganisation, while real wages have declined. At the same time, an enormous increase in corporate profits, takeovers, mergers and acquisitions during the decade of the 1980s has widened the gap between labour and capital. All these factors have increased the control and exploitation of labour at the point of production, which is the hallmark of the labour process under capitalism. Focusing on work relations in the auto, steel and computer industries, agriculture and other sectors of the US economy, "The Labor Process and Control of Labor" provides case studies of the labour process in the United States in the late 20th century. The authors of the ten chapters that comprise this book address some of the key issues confronting workers today: plant closings, decline in union membership, drop in living standards, automation and deskilling, level of class consciousness and political organisation, and the role of unions and other mediating forces in the formation and transformation of labour and the labour process. One chapter is devoted to the US auto industry and how its pioneering minute division of labour affected the power of the labour force; another focuses on how the steel industry further facilitated labour control. Other chapters deal with the computer industry, women's labour power, immigrant labour in California, agriculture and various other labour issues related to the control and exploitation of labour. This volume is an important new work for scholars of labour studies, sociology of work and occupations, industrial sociology and related fields.

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  • Class Formation and Class Capacities - A New Approach to the Study of Labour and the Labour Process, Jerry Lemboke
  • The Historical Roots of the Division of Labour in the US Auto Industry, David Gartman
  • Transformations in Hierarchy and Control of the Labour Process in the Past-Fordist Era - The Case of the US Steel Industry, Harland Prechel
  • The Labour Process and Control of Labour in the US Computer Industry, Navid Mohseni
  • Gender and Control Over the Labour Process - Women's Power as Wage Earners, Marina Adler
  • Race, Nationality and the Division of Labour in US Agriculture - Focus on Farm Workers in California, John C. Leggett
  • The Labour Force in Transition - The Growth of the Contingent Workforce in the United States, Robert Parker
  • Transformations in the Labour Process on a World Scale - Women in the New International Division of Labour, Julia Fox
  • Transnational Capital, the Global Labour Process and the International Labour Movement, Cyrus Bina and Chuck Davis
  • The Labour Process and Class Struggle - Political Responses to the Control and Exploitation of Labour, Walda Ratz-Fishman and Jerome C. Scott.

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書名 The Labor process and control of labor : the changing nature of work relations in the late twentieth century
著作者等 Berberoglu, Berch
出版元 Praeger
刊行年月 1993
ページ数 xx, 204 p.
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 027594459X
NCID BA20265599
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国