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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers; New edition edition (30 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765808609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765808608
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 604,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James O'Connor is emeritus professor in the Deparment of Sociology at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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I bought this book for my dissertation, though I would recommend it to people who are familiar with neo and post Marxist literature. It was written in the Seventies, though it has a new note at the beginning by the author in which he attempts to mitigate his lack of foresight regarding the rise of so-called neoliberalism.

I say 'so-called' because it is, after all, a perjorative term, though I use it myself regularly to describe the system of thought which expolits the inequitable and hidden aspects of our economy, aspects which begin to reveal themselves to us when we utilise the dialectical method of analysis.

This book gives us the benefit of a perspective on labour-capital relations which accounts for the divisions within labour, and the way in which parts of the labour force (the 'monopoly' sector) collude with capital to their benefit, keeping discipline within their own ranks, and making deals which deprive the poorest working people (in the 'competitive' sector) of a fair share of our common wealth. It describes the American society, but many of its observations are applicable to any advanced late or post-industrial state.

For those who have been following the work of David Harvey and others, it may be of some benefit to read this. While it is an old text, it could not be more up to date in the issue it addresses. It is an accessible text, and the writer does not fall in love with his own alliteration. He keeps it concise. So much so that his matter-of-fact assault on the contradictory and destructive process of capital accumulation sometimes shocks in its plausibility.

I won't say very much more about it as I keep dissembling into anti-capitalist rhetoric.
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