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Power without knowledge? Foucault and Fordism, c.1900-50

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Alan McKinlay


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The Ford Motor Company underwent transition from workplace supervision based on a system of terror to one predicated on modern discipline. With what some contemporaries claimed was 'the world's largest private army' and an enormous espionage network, Henry Ford resisted adoption of human relations approaches and the new foremanship ideas that captured rivals such as General Motors. This account explains how in the 1940s the Ford Motor Company eventually capitulated and modernized its supervisory regime.

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Author(s): Coopey R, McKinlay A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Labor History

Year: 2010

Volume: 51

Issue: 1

Pages: 107-125

Print publication date: 01/02/2010

ISSN (print): 0023-656X

ISSN (electronic): 1469-9702

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/00236561003654800


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