Thursday, October 02, 2008

Fordism and Post-Fordism Antonio Gramsci

It's entertaining to me, a person who is from Detroit, to read Gramsci talking about a Fordist model of production and social organization. The big innovation that Gramsci put forward had to do with pointing out that Ford ran his communities like little dictatorships. Surveillance in the original plan extended into the places where the Ford workers lived, and no unions were permitted. So that is Fordism as Gramsci defines's a pity that decades of workers' struggle against Ford rendered the whole concept obsolete. I can only guess at what graduate students studying the concept of a 'Post Fordist' social system, which I take is kind of like a Post-Industrial system, think actually happened in the '30s and '40s. My advice is that they should look up Walter Reuther instead of taking processed Gramsci, originally written in a prison cell, as gospel history.

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