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    DescriptionIn this major work, sociologists Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello go to the heart of the changes in contemporary business culture. Via an unprecedented analysis of the latest management texts that have formed the thinking of employers in their reorganization of business, the authors trace the contours of a new spirit of capitalism. They argue that from the middle of the 1970s onwards, capitalism abandoned the hierarchical Fordist work structure and developed a new network-based form of organization that was founded on employee initiative and autonomy in the workplace - a 'freedom' that came at the cost of material and psychological security. The authors connect this new spirit with the children of the libertarian and romantic currents of the late 1960s (as epitomised by dressed-down, cool capitalists such as Bill Gates and 'Ben and Jerry') arguing that they practice a more successful and subtle form of exploitation. In a work that is already a classic in Europe, Boltanski and Chiapello show how the new spirit triumphed thanks to a remarkable recuperation of the left's critique of the alienation of everyday life that simultaneously undermined their 'social critique'.


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    Title
    The New Spirit of Capitalism
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Luc Boltanski, By (author) Ève Chiapello
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 656
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 48 mm
    Weight: 762 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781844671656
    ISBN 10: 1844671658
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.1
    BIC E4L: BUS
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJP
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JPFF
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: KJU, KJV
    Abridged Dewey: 330
    Libri: I-PL
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    B&T General Subject: 650
    DC22: 330.122
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000
    B&T Approval Code: A48404220, A45560000
    BISAC V2.8: POL023000
    LC classification: HC
    BISAC V2.8: POL013000, BUS029000, BUS085000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJP
    DC22: 306.342
    Thema V1.0: KJU, JPFF, KJV
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MPQ
    Publisher
    Verso Books
    Imprint name
    Verso Books
    Publication date
    30 September 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Luc Boltanski teaches sociology at the EHESS, Paris and is the author of The Making of Class. Eve Chiapello teaches at the HEC School of Management, Paris and is the author of Artistes versus Managers.
    Review quote
    "A vast and ambitious work, which is inscribed in a great tradition of theoretical and critical sociology." - Le Monde "This magnificent book [is] the sociology of a whole generation which capitalism caught on the wrong foot... The book furnishes new weapons for the renewal of the Left." - Liberation "Extremely well-written and well-argued...(A) major contribution to the literature in the field..." - Times Higher Education Supplement"