All this was entirely unanticipated in Manufacturing Consent. I paid no attention See Burawoy et al., ; Burawoy et al., and Burawoy, , a. The Production of Consent. The Labor Process as a -N_SVK YUYTRAWY minimize, the deprivations they experience as inexorable. Burawoy’s book, Manufacturing Consent: Changes in the Labor Process Under Monopoly Capitalism, attempts to deal with the tension between.

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Burawoy suggests that, counter to many prevailing theories, workers develop their orientation to worker mainly at the point of production although he does admit they are inevitably influenced by some outside sources. Worker participation in this co-optation creates consent and minimizes the potential of class burswoy and labor-management conflict while maximizing productivity.

While Burawoy agrees with most traditional Marxist views, manufactkring disagrees with Marx and Braverman on the mechanisms of labor control by capitalism. The Labor Process and Worker Consciousness. Akhila October 2, at However, in playing the game of ‘making out’, workers do away with what would otherwise likely be a source buraaoy conflict, and find ways to work cooperatively, and simultaneously benefit from the very system that is attempting to oppress them.

This required the interdependence of operators and auxiliary staff, and often forepersons. In a sense all management techniques are subtle attempts to control subordinate behavior by “affecting the rules of the game”.


Most reviewers were intrigued by the concept of “making cojsent and it’s ability to swiftly co-opt even an avowed Marxist into working extremely hard for corporate profit.

Workers competed with each other to “make out” and surpass their expected production quotas. Posted by Hazelsapien at 2: To secure enough surplus capital to sustain itself, owners must cut costs, which can occur through the extraction of unpaid labour such as longer daysthe introduction of new techniques to make techniques more efficient, or by manipulating the demand for their products which although Burawoy doesn’t really go into, Braverman devotes a great deal of space to the modern supremacy of the “marketing” department to do just that.

What can account for this relatively stable harmony? Why do workers routinely Most were impressed with Burawoy’s research dedication and his ability to eloquently place his ethnographic observations in a Marxist perspective.

Outside the USA, see our international sales information. From Geer Company to Allied Corporation 4. Although unions were often spoken of with disdain, and their power was largely invisible, when there are issues, their power becomes visible and workers turn to it for advocacy.

Manufacturing Consent: Changes in the Labor Process Under Monopoly Capitalism, Burawoy

So – how does Burawoy suggest workers are “consenting” to their own position? Twitter Facebook Youtube Tumblr.

This process results in a consent from workers of the system. Michael Burawoy spent ten months as a machine operator in a Chicago factory trying to answer different but equally important questions: The Demise manufactiring Industrial Sociology 2. I believe that Burawoy’s cobsent metaphor has larger implications than Burawoy claims.


The Gateway to the Pacific Meredith Oda. Workers at higher levels can manipulate the reward rules to foster a highly productive culture at lower levels though the game may develop irrespective of formal action from above.

Reflections on Burawoy’s Manufacturing Consent

Contents The Demise of Industrial Sociology. Since the s, industrial sociologists have tried to answer the question, Why do workers not work harder?

Denise Rousseau Limited preview – About Contact News Giving to the Press. The act of playing the game generated consent for its rules kanufacturing providing a challenging diversion to the general boredom of repetitive labor Burawoy, The Rise of an Internal Labor Market.

Manufacturing Consent

The process of collective bargaining has allowed workers to believe they have autonomy in their position, and appeases the material needs of workers, but it has resulted in a compliant and complacent workforce. Since the s, industrial sociologists have tried to answer the question, Why do workers not work harder?

There were several critiques of Burawoy’s study. If the game is too easy workers become bored.