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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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ISBN 10: 023060823X / ISBN 13: 9780230608238
Published by 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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Title: The Culture of Soft Work Labor, Gender, and ...

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Binding: Hardcover

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The Culture of Soft Work examines American writers' responses to human resource management and motivational techniques in the workplace through readings of postmodern novels and a diverse range of other canonical and popular texts.

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Heather J. Hicks is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of English at Villanova University, USA.

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