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The Culture of Soft Work Labor, Gender, and Race in Postmodern American Narrative American Literature Readings in the 21st Century

Heather J. Hicks

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Title: The Culture of Soft Work Labor, Gender, and ...

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Hardcover. 288 pages. Dimensions: 8.2in. x 5.6in. x 0.8in.American workers over the past half-century have found themselves steeped in management discourses promoting teamwork, synergy, vision, and a host of other concepts meant to inspire an ever deeper commitment to work. The Culture of Soft Work offers an original examination of American writers responses to these motivational techniques through readings of postmodern novels and a diverse range of other canonical and popular texts. Building on the work of scholars who have investigated the cultural impact of Frederick W. Taylors management theory, this study is the first to examine how post-Taylorist management has shaped Americans subjectivity and their art. Hicks ably demonstrates that while Taylor hardened work by stamping it with the masculine imprimatur of science, subsequent management theorists reconceived work as soft, emphasizing its emotional, spiritual, and irrational aspectsa transformation that has redefined work as postmodern and retooled the gendered subjectivity of American workers. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780230608238

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American workers over the past half-century have found themselves steeped in management discourses promoting teamwork, synergy, vision, and a host of other concepts meant to inspire an ever deeper commitment to work.  The Culture of Soft Work offers an original examination of American writers' responses to these motivational techniques through readings of postmodern novels and a diverse range of other canonical and popular texts.  Building on the work of scholars who have investigated the cultural impact of Frederick W. Taylor?s management theory, this study is the first to examine how post-Taylorist management has shaped Americans? subjectivity and their art. Hicks ably demonstrates that while Taylor hardened work by stamping it with the masculine imprimatur of science, subsequent management theorists reconceived work as soft, emphasizing its emotional, spiritual, and irrational aspects?a transformation that has redefined work as postmodern and retooled the gendered subjectivity of American workers.

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Heather J. Hicks is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Graduate Program in English at Villanova University.  She has published articles in Arizona Quarterly, Contemporary Literature, Postmodern Culture, Camera Obscura, Critique, African-American Review, and other journals and essay collections concerned with contemporary literature and film. 

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