The Spirit of Capitalism According to the Michelin Company

Anthropology of an Industrial Myth

  • Corine Védrine

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology book series (PSUA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Corine Védrine
    Pages 1-20
  3. Corine Védrine
    Pages 45-69
  4. Corine Védrine
    Pages 71-81
  5. Corine Védrine
    Pages 111-149
  6. Corine Védrine
    Pages 209-230
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 231-235

About this book


The city of Clermont-Ferrand in central France is inextricably linked to the global tire company Michelin—not only by the industrial, social, and economic realities that tie employees to employer, but also by a multi-generational, regional belief in the company’s entrepreneurial mythos, the so-called “Michelin spirit.” Since the 1980s, transformations in capitalist systems have challenged the Michelin ideology: the end of corporate paternalism, the reduction of the work force, and a new wave of managers have left employees in the region feeling the sting of abandonment. Even in the face of these significant changes, however, the ethnographic enquiry at the heart of this book testifies to the enduring strength of the “spirit of capitalism”: even as the bonds between employees, companies, and their regions are undergoing significant transformation, entrepreneurial myths endure—in part in fear of the end of a secure, organizing structure. 


Urban Anthropology Urban Studies Industrial Sociology Anthropology of Industry Capitalism

Authors and affiliations

  • Corine Védrine
    • 1
  1. 1.LAURE-EVS Laboratory, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de LyonVaulx-en-VelinFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-96609-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-96610-6
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