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Labor and monopoly capital : the degradation of work in the twentieth century / Harry Braverman; pref. Paul M. Sweezy

Main Author Braverman, Harry Secondary Author Sweezy, Paul M., 1910-2004 Country Estados Unidos. Edition 5th printing Publication New York : Monthly Review Press, 1974 Description XIII, 465 p. ; 21 cm Series Modern reader , PB-370 ISBN 0-85345-370-5 CDU 331.1
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This widely acclaimed book, first published in 1974, was a classic from its first day in print. Written in a direct, inviting way by Harry Braverman, whose years as an industrial worker gave him rich personal insight into work, Labor and Monopoly Capital overturned the reigning ideologies of academic sociology. This new edition features an introduction by John Bellamy Foster that sets the work in historical and theoretical context, as well as two rare articles by Braverman, "The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century" (1975) and "Two Comments" (1976), that add much to our understanding of the book.

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Kirkus Book Review

A radical writer with greater freshness and energy than Paul Sweezy, who contributes an introduction, Braverman attempts to present a Marxian solution to the following paradox: on the one hand, technological advancement should bring higher cultural and material standards of living, but on the other hand there has been an empirically observable decrease in those living standards. Braverman addresses the problem by making monopoly capitalism a plot -- a plot to introduce cheaper labor through technological innovations and creation of' service industries. Like an ordinary trade-unionist, he is not concerned about how the labor power is used, but simply with wage rates as the index of capitalist exploitation. Braverman indignantly examines Taylorist speedup -- another way of cutting wages -- though he ignores its 1970's version, Organizational Development. The significance of all this low-paid labor is lost in a conceptual confusion -- a confusion between ""productive"" in the sense of augmenting capital investment, and ""productive"" in the sense of producing socially necessary commodities. Dwelling on the former alone, this latter-day Citizen Weston believes that the creation of surplus value is not inherent in human activity, but merely due to the prolongation of the working day -- as though prolonging an ant's working day would produce surplus value. Marx would commend Braverman's moral earnestness but smile at his economics. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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