Week 3: January 25: Rationalization, Industrialism, Revolution?
1)Anson Rabinbach, “The Political Economy of Labor Power”, “Time and Motion: Etienne Jules Marey and the Mechanics of the Body”, “The Science of Work and the Social Question”, from The Human Motor: Energy, Fatigue, and the Origins of Modernity, Berkeley: University of California Press (1990).time-and-motion-chapter-4-rabinbach
3)Michael Foucault, History of Sexuality, Biopower: “The Right to Death and the Power over Life” https://caringlabor.wordpress.com/2010/08/06/michel-foucault-right-of-death-and-power-over-life/
Screening: Chaplin, “Modern Times”
Assignment: how is work designed today? As part of your response think about what constitutes labor in our present and pick system to discuss—it can be your phone, facebook, gyms, think about how its “designed” to shape the body, and what types of machines help us think about ourselves in the present. Pictures etc. are always welcome if you have ideas.
Fredrick Winslow Taylor “The Principles of Scientific Management” (on-line)