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The Culture of Work
The culture of work

By one of history's ironies, the collapse of the Soviet empire coincided in the West with a renewed scholarly interest in Marxian propositions about labor and the relation of work to class and class consciousness. In part this coincidence occurred because in the last generation capitalism itself has profoundly changed, and the durable legacy of Marx, analytic rather than remedial, seemed to offer sharp tools for an explanation. This renewed radical tradition cannot alone suffice, however, to understand the most radical features of the new capitalism, changes which affect the interpretative activities and subjective experiences of workers.

A simple but profound insight moved Marx: social groups are formed by powers external to themselves. The sociological starting point here is ...

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