Marxian Theories of the Labor Process

From Marx to Braverman

Authored by: Richard McIntyre

Routledge Handbook of Marxian Economics

Print publication date:  March  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138774933
eBook ISBN: 9781315774206
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The contemporary idea of “the labor process” is based on Marx’s distinction between labor and labor power. The employer can buy people’s ability to work, their labor power, but in general not their actual labor. Political-economic analysis of work, then, is the study of how the employer/capitalist induces and commands workers to perform “surplus labor,” labor whose value is over and above that necessary to reproduce the workers and replace machinery, buildings and raw materials.

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