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Flexible Despotism: An Introduction

Alex J. Wood

in Despotism on Demand: How Power Operates in the Flexible Workplace

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501748875
eISBN:
9781501748905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501748875.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This introductory chapter provides an overview of flexible despotism. New economic processes are taking hold in the spaces opened up by the steady decline of collective workplace regulation. No ... More


Introduction

William J. Mello

in New York Longshoremen: Class and Power on the Docks

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813034898
eISBN:
9780813038681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813034898.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Beginning in 1945 and for almost thirty years thereafter, the Port of New York was the site of intense class conflict. Striking longshoremen frequently battled the shipping companies, the police, ... More


Internal States in the UK

Alex J. Wood

in Despotism on Demand: How Power Operates in the Flexible Workplace

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501748875
eISBN:
9781501748905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501748875.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter discusses internal states in the United Kingdom, focusing on PartnershipCo. It investigates the workplace institutions at PartnershipCo that act to repress and transform conflict. A ... More


Conclusions: Control in the Twenty-First Century

Alex J. Wood

in Despotism on Demand: How Power Operates in the Flexible Workplace

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501748875
eISBN:
9781501748905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501748875.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This concluding chapter explains that the findings from ConflictCo and PartnershipCo suggest that a form of flexible despotism is key for understanding workplace control of workers in the ... More


Despotism on Demand: How Power Operates in the Flexible Workplace

Alex J. Wood

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501748875
eISBN:
9781501748905
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501748875.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This book draws attention to the impact of flexible scheduling on managerial power and workplace control. When we understand paid work as a power relationship, the book argues, we see how the spread ... More


Internal States in the U.S.

Alex J. Wood

in Despotism on Demand: How Power Operates in the Flexible Workplace

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501748875
eISBN:
9781501748905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501748875.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter analyzes internal states in the United States, focusing on ConflictCo. Here, workplace institutions were found to do little to rationalize discipline or constrain its arbitrary ... More


Despotic Time in the UK: Overcoming Hegemonic Constraints

Alex J. Wood

in Despotism on Demand: How Power Operates in the Flexible Workplace

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501748875
eISBN:
9781501748905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501748875.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter traces the historical evolution of working time and internal labor markets in the United Kingdom. The term “internal labor market” refers to the shielding of employment relations from ... More


Despotic Time in the U.S.: Undermining Worker Organization

Alex J. Wood

in Despotism on Demand: How Power Operates in the Flexible Workplace

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501748875
eISBN:
9781501748905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501748875.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter examines the existence of internal labor markets at ConflictCo, looking at flexible scheduling in this workplace regime. While workers at PartnershipCo experienced little employment ... More


New Deal Blues and Global Boons

Jennifer A. Delton

in The Industrialists: How the National Association of Manufacturers Shaped American Capitalism

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780691167862
eISBN:
9780691203324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691167862.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter shows how the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) reorganized and slowly emerged as the first line of resistance to the new New Deal state—thus conforming perfectly to New ... More


Strategic Democracy: Walmart’s Warehouse Workers

Carolina Bank Muñoz

in Building Power from Below: Chilean Workers Take On Walmart

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781501712883
eISBN:
9781501714771
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501712883.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

Chapter 4 looks at the warehouse union in detail. The chapter explores workplace abuses, organizing strategy, and outcomes. Warehouse workers initially suffered poor working conditions and low wages, ... More


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