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Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century


Preface by Paul Sweezy

Foreword by John Bellamy Foster

This widely acclaimed work, first published in 1974, overturned the reigning ideologies of academic sociology and became the standard text for many basic areas of sociological inquiry, including the science of managerial control, the relationship of technological innovation to social class, and the eradication of skill from work under capitalism.

A new foreword by John Bellamy Foster sets the work in historical and theoretical context. Also included are two rare articles by Braverman that add much to our understanding of the book: “The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century” (1975) and “Two Comments” (1976).

Labor and Monopoly Capital is one of the most influential books of our time, and it deserves to be. This new edition will help a new generation of readers understand the forces that are now transforming work around the world

—David Montgomery

Written with great force and beauty.

—Robert Heilbroner, New York Review of Books

The best analysis of the division of labor between the design and the execution of industrial production.

—Christopher Lasch, New York Times Book Review

Harry Braverman (1920-1976) drew on his rich experience as pipefitter, sheetmetal worker, freightcar repairman, structural steel fitter, and later as journalist, editor, and publisher to produce a work of enormous power and lasting relevance. He was Director of Monthly Review Press from 1967 until the time of his death in 1976.

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Publication Date: January 1998

Number of Pages: 465

Paperback ISBN: 9780853459408

eBook ISBN: 9781583673744