SOC101Y1 Lecture Notes - Counterargument

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7 Dec 2011
Lec 7 SOC207H1F
Work and Health
Nov 16, 2011
Work and Health
Politics of Workplace Health and Safety
$4.65 billion in compensation
Administrative Model of Regulation
Internal Responsibility System (IRS)
Workers and management cooperating?
Marx’s Theory of Alienation
Alienation: a subjective, psychological experience of losing touch with one’s
‘self’ or human nature, brought about by objective conditions in the
Marx: work essential for self-actualization
Expressing/fulfilling one’s core potential and needs occurs through
activity of work
Labour: creative activity carried out in cooperation with others, where
people ‘transform the world around them’
Under industrial capitalism, workers lost control over the labor process to
This loss of control led to alienation
Sources of Alienation
Alienated from goods produced
-No ownership of goods produced
-Work becomes means to an end
Alienated from process of production
-Decisions over work speed, scheduling, the manner in which a
task is performed are not controlled by the worker
Alienated from themselves
-Workers are not able to fulfill needs to demonstrate their own
Alienated from other workers
-workers are not able to collaborate of their own free will – but
instead by the decree of owners/managers
Conditions leading to Alienation
Marx: industrial capitalism leads to alienation
Shift to an economic system where labor is sold results in alienation
Loss of control of labor process => alienation
Other scholars have examined how alienation varies across work
Blauner: role of technology in production techniques shapes
experience of alienation
Machine tending
Assembly line work
Measuring Alienation
Job Satisfaction:
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