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The Culture of Soft Work : Labor, Gender, and Race in Postmodern American Narrative (Hardcover)

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American workers over the past half-century have found themselves steeped in management discourses promoting teamwork, synergy, vision, and a host of other concepts meant to inspire an ever deeper commitment to work. "The Culture of Soft Work" examines American writers'' responses to these motivational techniques through readings of postmodern novels and a diverse range of other canonical and popular texts. Building on the work of scholars who have investigated the cultural impact of Frederick W. Taylor''s management theory, this study is the first to examine how post-Taylorist management has shaped Americans'' subjectivity and their art. It demonstrates that while Taylor hardened work by stamping it with the masculine imprimatur of science, subsequent management theorists reconceived work as soft, emphasizing its emotional, spiritual, and irrational aspects--a transformation that has redefined work as postmodern and retooled the gendered subjectivity of American workers.


Publisher Palgrave MacMillan
Mfg Part# 9780230608238
SKU 207379409
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 023060823X
Release Date 3/1/2009
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0267
Publisher Palgrave MacMillan
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