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Frédérique Apffel Marglin and Stephen A. Marglin

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198286943

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198286943.001.0001

Losing Touch: The Cultural Conditions of Worker Accommodation and Resistance

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(p.217) 7 Losing Touch: The Cultural Conditions of Worker Accommodation and Resistance
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Dominating Knowledge
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Stephen A. Marglin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198286943.003.0007

This chapter examines the influence of the Western intellectual model on the cultural conditions of worker accommodation and resistance. It argues that the transformation of work into its modern Western form was the result of deliberate attempts to take control of process and product from the worker. It suggests that the factory does not impress contemporary Westerners as a curtailment of freedom since it is because people have grown used to this particular form of repression.

Keywords:   worker accommodation, worker resistance, Western model, intellectual model, factory, repression

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