New Spirit of Capitalism

ISBN-10: 1844671658
ISBN-13: 9781844671656
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 9/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 601
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

A major study of the organization of contemporary capitalismalready a classic. This major new work examines the structure of capitalism and how it has been reorganized since the 1960s. Via an unprecedented examination of management texts the authors find that employers are using the language of 1968 counterculture to drive through new work practices and more successful and subtle forms of exploitation. They argue that from the middle of the 1970s onwards, capitalism abandoned the hierarchical Fordist work structure and developed a network-based form of organization that was founded on employee initiative and autonomy in the workplacea 'freedom' that came at the cost of material and psychological security. In a work that is already a paradigm-shifting classic, Boltanski and Chiapello show how the new spirit triumphed thanks to a remarkable recuperation of the Left's critique of the alienation of everyday life. This epoch-defining work is as important and as sweeping in scope as Ernest Mandel'sLate Capitalismand Hardt and Negri'sEmpire.

Eve Chiapello is an associate professor at the HEC School of Management, Paris. She is the author of Artistes versus Managers .

Preface to the English Edition
Acknowledgements
Prologue
General Introduction: On the Spirit of Capitalism and the Role of Critique
The Emergence of a New Ideological Configuration
Management Discourse in the 1990s
The Formation of the Projective City
The Transformation of Capitalism and the Neutralization of Critique
1968: Crisis and Revival of Capitalism
Dismantling the World of Work
Undermining the Defences of the world of Work
The New Spirit of Capitalism and the New Forms of Critique
The Revival of the Social Critique
The Test of the Artistic Critique
Conclusion: The Force of Critique
Postscript: Sociology Contra Fatalism
Appendices
Bibliography
Name Index
Subject Index

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