Michael Burawoy





Michael Burawoy


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Michael Burawoy has been a participant observer of industrial workplaces in four countries: Zambia, United States, Hungary and Russia. In his different projects he has tried to illuminate -- from the standpoint of the working class -- postcolonialism, the organization of consent to capitalism, the peculiar forms of class consciousness and work organization in state socialism, and, finally, the dilemmas of transition from socialism to capitalism. Over the course of four decades of research and teaching, he has developed the “extended case method” – now a book of the same title -- that allows broad conclusions to be drawn from ethnographic research. The same methodology is advanced in Global Ethnography, a book coauthored with 9 graduate stud ...more

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Manufacturing Consent: Chan...

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Ethnography Unbound: Power ...

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The Extended Case Method: F...

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The Politics of Production:...

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Marxist Inquiries: Studies ...

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Conversations with Bourdieu...

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Uncertain Transition: Ethno...

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“...I take as a point of departure the possibility and desirability of a fundamentally different form of society--call it communism, if you will--in which men and women, freed from the pressures of scarcity and from the insecurity of everyday existence under capitalism, shape their own lives. Collectively they decide who, how, when, and what shall be produced.”
Michael Burawoy, Manufacturing Consent: Changes in the Labor Process Under Monopoly Capitalism

“ridge riding, to use Alvin Gouldner’s term—between the Scylla of positivism and the Charybdis of conventionalist constructivism.”
Michael Burawoy, The Politics of Method in the Human Sciences: Positivism and Its Epistemological Others



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