Labor and Monopoly Capital is one of the most influential books of our time,and it Harry Braverman () drew on his rich experience as pipefitter. Harry Braverman’s Labor and Monopoly Capital, first published forty years ago in , was unquestionably the work that, in the words of. This widely acclaimed book, first published in , was a classic from its first day in print. Written in a direct, inviting way by Harry Braverman, whose year.

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It renews itself in new generations, expresses itself in the unbounded cynicism and revulsion which large numbers of workers feel about their work, and comes to the fore repeatedly as a social issue demanding solution. That portion of the population employed in manufacturing and associated industries—the so-called industrial working class—had apparently been shrinking for some time, if not in absolute numbers at any rate in relative terms.

It started with what had been his overarching question all along: Sociology books Marxist books Books about labour in economics in labour relations books.

Significantly, the organization of that talk inverted the ordering of the argument in Labor and Monopoly Capital. I was interested in the structure of the working class, and the manner in which it has changed. Sociological analysis was provided by such authors as Paul SweezyPaul A. The result was to further enhance the reserve army, along with wasted work and wasted lives, in a relentless dialectical progression.

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Frederick Taylor and the public administration community: Lyndall Urwick, Management Pioneer: It is also true of close to 70 percent of all operatives and kindred workers. Retrieved from ” https: The stagnation and decline of most of the basic worker occupations, rather than suggesting a shrinkage in the working class, is reflective of a change in its composition.

Retrieved August 17, In addition to the fact that some of the layers overlap conceptually, this means that some of the layers are necessarily over- or underreported. Historical studies influenced by Labor and Monopoly Capital include research into deskillingbureaucracyMarxist historiographybusiness historyhistorical sociologythe Bedaux SystemBedaux Unitand the Taylor Society. The other two being the growth of unemployment and underemployment associated with economic stagnationand the increasing growth of wasteful or socially unproductive employment.


If all of these categories are added together, the reserve army of potentially available labor—representing the unemployed, underemployed, pauperized, and latent-institutionalized parts of the community—accounted for 30 percent of the potentially available labor force in the United States inas compared to around 22 percent in the late s. Views Read Edit View history. Thank you very much. This can be attributed to the computerization of the office by the beginning of the present century, together with some offshoring.

And this requires at a minimum a reinvigoration of class struggle. The managerial demiurge is constantly furthering all these trends: This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat Harry Braverman drew on his rich experience as pipefitter, sheetmetal worker, freightcar repairman, structural steel fitter, and later as journalist, editor, and publisher to produce a work of enormous power and lasting relevance.

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Labor and Monopoly Capital is one of the most influential books of our time,and it deserves to be. Since the details of this process, especially its historical turning points and the shape of the new employment that was taking the place of the old, were not clear to me, I undertook to find out more about them.

This book first took shape in my mind as little more than a study of occupational shifts in the United States. This new edition brverman help a new generation of readers understand the forces that are now transforming work around the world. All calculations are restricted to individuals sixteen years and older. ThompsonAlfred ChandlerJ. Over the course of the century the fastest growing of these working-class occupational categories were those of clerical, service, and sales, and no longer direct production—reflecting the overall, lwbour transformations associated with the development of monopoly capital.


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Ann Carson and William J. The introduction of office machinery and sales devices has been mechanizing the office and the ahd, the two big locales of white-collar work.

The same is true of at least 75 percent of all clerical workers and laborers, who are paid on about the same level, the clerical workers slightly above the laborers. However the share monoplly these basic worker occupations as a percentage of all reported occupations is shown to have declined in harr subsequent four decades since the publication of Labor and Monopoly Capital to 56 percent ina drop of 13 percentage points. Only then did he proceed to the labor process under the regime of monopoly capital, extrapolating from those tendencies the development of new occupational structures and the further evolution of the labourr class—taking into account also such issues as automation, the growth of the reserve army of labor, and the increasing employment of labor in socially wasteful and capiyal spheres such as real estate, insurance, and finance.


January Number of Pages: This reflects the fact that the United States now has the most unequal distribution of wealth of all the advanced economies—an inequality that is greater than that of India and South Africa.

An ongoing, historical analysis of the development of the working class is therefore needed; one that focuses above all on the changing labor process itself and how that affects occupations and whole classes, altering their work and power relations.

Capturing this dimension of the working class, Table 1 integrates some of the main categories of the potentially available labor force, not included in monppoly statistics. The reserve army of labor in the United States: Braverman followed up this statement with a discussion of how this led him to the analysis of the labor process, which was then to become the predominant subject of Labor and Monopoly Capital and for which he is principally famous.

Available from the British Library: Yet, such data, he argued, were only crude indications of what was really happening, since the larger part of the industrial reserve army remained uncounted in the official xnd. As he explained in no uncertain terms:. Up to around clerical work was a rapidly growing sector, but in the last couple of decades its growth has stagnated.

These are some examples of unproductive industries, but furthermore, even manufacturing industries—whose total employment, as we have seen, is shrinking in relative terms—have an increasing number of unproductive jobs on their payrolls.