Human Motor Energy, Fatigue, and the Origins of Modernity

ISBN-10: 0520078276
ISBN-13: 9780520078277
Edition: N/A
Authors: Anson Rabinbach
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/8/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 414
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

Science once had an unshakable faith in its ability to bring the forces of nature--even human nature--under control. In this wide-ranging book Anson Rabinbach examines how developments in physics, biology, medicine, psychology, politics, and art employed the metaphor of the working body as a human motor. From nineteenth-century theories of thermodynamics and political economy to the twentieth-century ideals of Taylorism and Fordism, Rabinbach demonstrates how the utopian obsession with energy and fatigue shaped social thought across the ideological spectrum.

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