Whither the skilled worker?

  title={Whither the skilled worker?},
  author={Keith Mann},
  journal={Sociological Forum},
  • Keith Mann
  • Published 1993
  • Sociology
  • Sociological Forum
Have technology and employer-inspired changes at the point of production rendered obsolete the skills of skilled workers? A resounding yes to this question was provided by Harry Braverman in 1974 in his classic work Labor and Monopoly Capital. Since then the question has largely taken the form of a debate--not at all bereft of ideological underpinningsbetween partisans and opponents of Braverman's thesis. "Human capital" theories associated with notions of postmodernism hold that scientific… Expand
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