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Technology and capital in the age of lean production : a Marxian critique of the "New economy" / Tony Smith
Bib ID 548232
Format BookBook
Author
Smith, Tony, 1951-
 
Description Albany : State University of New York Press, c2000 
xii, 199 p. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0791445992 (alkaline paper)
079144600X (alkaline paper) (paperback)
Series

SUNY series in radical social and political theory.

Summary

"This book illustrates the continued value of Marxism as a method for analyzing contemporary capitalism, despite the new post-Fordist variant termed "lean production" that is spreading the globe. Characterized by knowledge work, lean production also includes the mass customization of commodities to consumer desires, and the close cooperation of firms within extended networks of production and distribution. Its proponents argue that it can unite companies, workers, and consumers in the harmonious pursuit of common interests, thereby making the Marxian perspective hopelessly outdated. However, this book is the first to defend Marxian political economy against the claims made by lean production advocates."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • Ch. 1. From Fordism to Lean Production
  • Ch. 2. Lean Production and the Capital/Wage Labor Relation (i): The Deskilling Thesis
  • Ch. 3. Lean Production and the Capital/Wage Labor Relation (ii): Structural Coercion, Exploitation, and Real Subsumption
  • Ch. 4. The Capital/Consumer Relation in Lean Production
  • Ch. 5. Intercapital Relations in Lean Production
  • Ch. 6. Globalization and the "New Economy"
  • Ch. 7. Socialism, an Alternative to Lean Production?
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [183]-195) and index.

Subjects Production (Economic theory)  |  Marxian economics.  |  Capitalism.  |  Labor.  |  Employees -- Effect of technological innovations on.

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