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Ours to Master and to Own: Workers' Control from the Commune to the Present [Kindle Edition]

Dario Azzellini , Immanuel Ness
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Book Description

From the dawning of the industrial epoch, wage earners have organized themselves into unions,
fought bitter strikes, and gone so far as to challenge the very premises of the system by creating
institutions of democratic self-management aimed at controlling production without bosses. With
specific examples drawn from every corner of the globe and every period of modern history, this
pathbreaking volume comprehensively traces this often underappreciated historical tradition.
Ripe with lessons drawn from historical and contemporary struggles for workers’ control, Ours to
Master and to Own is essential reading for those struggling to create a new world from the ashes
of the old.

Immanuel Ness is professor of political science at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and edits WorkingUSA.

Dario Azzellini is a writer, documentary director, and political scientist at Johannes Kepler University in Linz.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1003 KB
  • Print Length: 458 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 160846119X
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books (5 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056C1V8C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #726,267 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Seemingly the best book on industrial democracy available to buy. 'Ours to Master' is an easy to read, seemingly all-encompassing compendium on workers' control/industrial democracy which has been of huge interest to me. Drawing on a variety of knowledgeable and highly fluent authors (Ralf Hoffrogge, Zbigniew Marcin Kowalewski, Marina Kabat to name a few) 'Ours to Master' gives an assiduously well researched account of workers relentless attempts to implement workplace democracy across the globe. I am certain I will be revisiting the pages of this book over the coming months and years, and it appears to be well worth the book's (pretty hefty price).

A phenomenally good work of politics, economics and history. I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in any humanities related subject (be it history, politics, sociology or any other related subjected). I expect it won't be very long until I try and force a relative to read this brilliant, detail-rich book.
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It wasn't what I was expecting but that said I think its a good book, well researched and informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars \m/ metal horns for "Ours to Master and to Own" 17 Jan. 2013
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Ours to Master and to Own is fantastic- it's chock full of case studies on the subject of worker's control covering different revolutions and movements. It's a great read. Also, on a shallow note the book itself is really lovely to hold in the hands, so it's worth having on your shelf rather than just as a pirated PDF. The book's organization makes it possible to pick out particular instances from history without having to slog through 200 pages of academic writing, but not at the expense of rigor of course. You're going to love this book. It's probably timely too because Richard Wolff just put out Democracy at Work: a Cure for Capitalism, which apparently discusses several contemporary studies of businesses owned and operated by workers., but the book in question will draw your attention to the specific problems worker's counsels have faced in the past. I highly recommend Ours to Master and to Own for anyone interested in how folks dealt with organizing their work place, the kinds of problems they encountered (counterrevolutionary unions, in-fighting, etc), and whether or not the claim that 'vanguards' are really impositions from above (isn't this the zombie chant we've all heard a million times before?) . You'll be pleasantly surprised!
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A broad an interesting approach to workers' control throughout history: cooperativism, self-management, factories' councils and worker-taken factories
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