ILROB 171 Marx

ILROB 171 Marx - • alienation – a sense of...

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ILR OB 171: Karl Marx conflict theorist viewed social order as emerging from conflict maintained that all history is a history of class struggle, though not always visible workplace relationships => social classes => class conflict (management v. labor) your relationship in the workplace creates your social class economic relations drive social relations thus, management must control the workers subscribed to the three phases of capitalism: simple cooperation (ex: a factory) manufacturer division of labor hierarchy (happens as soon as you form a group) automation (emergence of machine systems and subordinating people) describes how production processes and the organization of work evolved describes how these two factors resulted in dehumanization
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Unformatted text preview: • alienation – a sense of powerlessness caused by the division of labor • alienated from the product and the means of production alienation from process alienation from product – assembly line/ repetitive work – loss of self alienation from self alienation from others • creates a sense of meaninglessness • economic order is crucial => ideology, religion, social knowledge • division of labor brings a greater degree of alienation, a loss of work control, and a loss of self-expression • thus, management must trick workers into siding with them to overcome alienation • “religion is the opium of the masses” • false consciousness – workers who buy into the idea that their interests are the same as management’s...
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2009 for the course ILROB 171 taught by Professor Bacharach/sonnenstuh during the Spring '06 term at Cornell.

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