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The Nature of Work: An Introduction to Debates on the Labour Process
Paul Thompson provides a concise and comprehensive introduction to the debates on the labour process. He sets out and compares the established traditions in industrial sociology and the analyses of Marx and Braverman. He goes on to explore contemporary debates on deskilling and degradation, and Taylorism and structures of control. He also covers two crucial areas neglected ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 15th 1997 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published April 28th 1983)
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The labour process is one of those things that often makes us shudder – discussions rapidly seem to become arcane, it smacks of old style, unreconstructed Marxism and all in all it seems to become one of those things that we like to pass over in favour of seemingly more engrossing and entertaining topics as we turn our studies and politics to issues of identity, pleasure, culture and the like. Yet, labour and the labour process do not seem to go away. So many of our key political and social issu ...more