The Turn To Public Sociology: The Case Of U.S. Labor Studies
In the US, 1974 marked the beginning of a great transformation. In labor studies it was the year of the publication of Harry Braverman's Labor and Monopoly Capital, and the launching of a Marxist research program focused on the labor process. Braverman turned away from all subjectivist views of work to proclaim his famous deskilling hypothesis, namely the history of monopoly capitalism was the history of the degradation of work. True or false, it was a decisive break with narrowly conceived industrial sociology and timeless organization theory.