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. Review: Harry Braverman. Labor and. Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of. Work in the Twentieth Century. New. York: Monthly Review Press, ,. pp. 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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We need more books that focus on t I am reading this for a marxist, socialist book hsrry. It is, in my opinion, lucidly written and carefully constructed. What struck me most about this work was that it was researched and written in the late 60s and early seventies, right before the breakdown of the Bretton Woods system and contemporary with the flashes of revolt amongst the various people who had been forgotten in the capitalistic system students, capitla, african-americans.

Nothing about domestic labor or agricultural labor, however.

Sep 11, Dan Sharber rated it it was amazing Shelves: Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Automation, where sophisticated machines take over more and more work processes, is a prime example. The title is the first thing which struck me about this book. It has changed our hands so we can grasp, it has structured out brains to be plastic cxpital we can learn, it has helped us to create environments that have both changed the world and changed us to fit that world and could be argued to have changed our capitall pathways so we can communicate — that most human of abilities — that enables labour to be something we learn from.


Jul 11, William Leight rated it it was amazing. English Choose a language for shopping. I realize that this is not the information we usually receive, yet it is the reality that most of us live. One commentator said, “We have created too many dumb jobs braverjan which we don’t have enough dumb people.

According to one ans, the book soldcopies between and its reissue.

Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century

Braverman examines how labor was atomized and demarcated and prescribed even for those who were highly educated. It is not enough that capitalism alienates workers from the wealth created by their work, it also makes their work less meaningful. The truth of the matter is that the changes are superficial, and they actually consist of a ‘pretense of worker participation labro gracias liberalities, fractional job movements, illusory decision making among fixed and limited alternatives chosen by management, and ultimately insignificant choices.

Wage workers still don’t like their jobs. John Bellamy Foster Introduction.

This is the first book I’ve read that focuses on how capitalism fucks with bravermab workers. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Echoes Marx in asserting that creative labor is an essential human need and shows why our society denies it to all but a small minority. Braverman’s book is a treasure trove of knowledge on the work process under capitalism. Work ennobles us and makes us human. In the s, Harry Braverman was one of the leaders of the so-called Cochranite tendency, a current led by Bert Cochran within the broader Socialist Workers Party.


Monthly Review | Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century

Jul 04, Brian rated it really liked it Shelves: What is also striking is how current and relevant the examination is, even with 40 years passing between the initial publication and today. Unfortunately, the introductions of automation and new technologies has not solved that problem.

Of course I am not the only one, and whether we are all aware of it or not, this situation is deeply depressing. Drink lots of coffee while reading. High levels of walkouts, strikes, turnovers, and absenteeism caused them to introduce new measures of “job enlargement.

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Please try again later. Knowledge of the historical record will show that there was always that undercurrent of malaise in the working world as capitalism may have worked on the surface, but underneath that work was born on the back of unpaid women at home and underpaid workers in the factories and mines and white collar workers.

It should be the most interesting part of our lives.