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Labour Process Theory

Labour process theory

Definition: Labour process theory is an approach to the historical and contemporary study of work under capitalism emanating from Marx.

The first book of Karl Marx's Capital: A Critique of Political Economy deals with the process of the production of capital. Marx discovers that commodities apparently possess a certain value. This value of commodities, however, is not produced in the sphere of circulation where commodities are endlessly exchanged. Consequently capital is also not produced in this sphere, since any increase in value is merely accidental, and no capitalist can bank on the endless exchange of commodities to increase his or her monetary wealth. The capitalist, to become more than simply a money-owner, must find ways of producing value. The capitalist discovers ...

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