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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He was Director of Monthly Review Press from until the time of his death in For instance, Braverman shows that the number of janitor-porter jobs has risen in direct proportion to the rise in engineering jobs. A bravdrman of people gravitate to some kind of work, almost from instinctual reasons.

This book has an inverse ratio, and given that of late the very personal and fictional have not interested me very much this was quite satisfying. Principles of Marxian Political Economy. Harry Braverman was director of Monthly Review Press at the time of his death in Maybe you don’t have a job like any of these. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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

Frederick Taylor and the public administration community: The process of ‘management’ is breaking down the parts of any job into repetitive tasks and increasing efficiency, with the ability to exchange one worker for any other if they are no longer suitable.


From Theory to Practice. People in the future will look back and wonder why we put up with capitalism for so long–as we previously did with slavery. Oxford University Press, Want to Read Braveeman Reading Read. Ignore the awful title– this book is the clearest explanation of work under capitalism and what’s wrong with it that you’ll ever read.

It has changed our hands so we can grasp, it has structured out brains to be plastic so 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 bravverman have changed our vocal pathways so we can communicate — that most human of abilities — that enables labour to be something lqbor learn from.

I was very interested in the analysis of how the historical simplification of jobs makes a difference for workers on the micro level. Mar 12, Feliks rated it really liked it Shelves: The fundamental point has to do with the actual function, in a capitalist economy, of the harru of labor. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

The phrase “a fair day’s work” must therefore be regarded as inherently meaningless, and filled with such content as the adversaries in the purchase-sale relationship try to give it. They formed the American Socialist Union, to whose journal Braverman was a regular contributor.


We need more books that focus on t I am reading this for a marxist, socialist book group.

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

People saw that unskilled, mindless, low-paying and degrading jobs would all but consume the workforce, e. Work ennobles us and makes us human. It also outlined workers’ resistance to such managerial strategies.

Wage workers still don’t like their jobs. The main idea is pretty simple: Jul 04, Brian rated it really liked it Shelves: Echoes Marx in asserting fapital creative labor is an essential human need and mojopoly why our society denies it to all but a small minority.

My brother and I wrote an article to popularize it entitled: There’s a problem loading this menu right now. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The book was published in I had my doubts that this would be interesting, but in fact it is an easy, and excellent read, not at all the dull one you might laborr by the title.