Braverman and the Structure of the U.S. Working Class: Beyond the Degradation of Labor
The fortieth anniversary of Harry Braverman’s Labor and Monopoly Capital is the occasion here for a reassessment of his work as a whole. Braverman’s analysis of the degradation of work is shown to have been only a part of a much larger argument he was developing on the structure of the U.S. working class. Building on his pioneering empirical research into occupational composition, a new empirical assessment of the structural evolution of the U.S. working class over the last four decades is provided, throwing light on current problems of unemployment, underemployment, and socially wasted labor—and the rights of labor.
KeywordsBraverman Labor and monopoly capital Labor process Working class New middle class Degradation of work Deskilling Reskilling Reserve army of labor Capitalism
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