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Contemporary thinking about management is still frequently presented as a set of universal, eternal verities. In this fascinating book Roy Jacques presents a discursive history of industrial work relationships in the United States which powerfully demonstrates that they are not. A central concern is to show that current `common-sense' in management forms an historically and culturally specific way of thinking about work and society which is often inappropriate for `managing for the twenty-first century'. The author is equally interested in revealing the cultural basis for American management ideas, currently exported round the world as an objective science, disconnected from its cultural and historical roots.

The Demise of Federalist Reality – ‘The Birth of a Nation’
The demise of federalist reality – ‘the birth of a nation’

Even as Freeman Hunt was writing Worth and Wealth, the work, the worker and the world it reflected were heading into perdition. Five years after its publication a civil war engulfed the nation. This war is usually represented as either a contest between state and national authority or as a fight to end slavery.1 It was, in part, both of these things, but it could more appropriately be termed the country's ‘Industrial Revolution.’ By 1865, the industrializing Northeast of the US had politically demolished the feudal economy of the manorial South. The war concentrated capital. Railroad and telegraph construction had created a vastly more ...

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