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Manufacturing RationalityThe Engineering Foundations of the Managerial Revolution$
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Yehouda Shenhav

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250004.001.0001

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Taming the Shrew: Systems and Labor Politics during the Progressive Period

Taming the Shrew: Systems and Labor Politics during the Progressive Period

(p.162) 6 Taming the Shrew: Systems and Labor Politics during the Progressive Period
Manufacturing Rationality

Yehouda Shenhav

Oxford University Press

This chapter extends this analysis to the Progressive era. During this period the severity of industrial unrest was recognized, and engineers established themselves as arbiters of industrial conflicts. They perceived themselves as gatekeepers situated at the junction between politics and economics and offered management systems — to manufacturers and the public at large — as a solution to political instability. The chapter shows how system discourse gradually replaced the explicit ideological discourse, the process resulting in the depoliticization of the labour struggle.

Keywords:   Progressivism, industrial unrest, engineers, industrial conflict, management systems, political instability, labour struggle

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