Inflexible Flexibility: A Case Study of Modularisation

  • Tony Elger
  • Peter Fairbrother
Part of the Explorations in Sociology book series (EIS)


A major feature of the current debate about work reorganisation and corporate restructuring has been a concern with the emergence of new sorts of relations between management and workers. These new relations have often been interpreted as exemplars of a wider process of transformation, involving major departures from earlier patterns of Fordist mass production (Sabel, 1990). However, other commentators have viewed such innovations more sceptically, suggesting that these developments have involved an often uncertain, contested and crisis-ridden recomposition of enduring class relations (Gough, this volume; Clarke, this volume).


Production Worker Module Controller Union Organisation Starter Motor Corporate Restructuring 
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© British Sociological Association 1992

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  • Tony Elger
  • Peter Fairbrother

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