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Songs of the Factory: Pop Music, Culture, and Resistance

Songs of the Factory: Pop Music, Culture, and Resistance (Paperback)

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In Songs of the Factory, Marek Korczynski examines the role that popular music plays in workers' culture on the factory floor. Reporting on his ethnographic fieldwork in a British factory that manufactures window blinds, Korczynski shows how workers make often-grueling assembly-line work tolerable by permeating their workday with pop music on the radio. The first ethnographic study of musical culture in an industrial workplace, Songs of the Factory draws on socio-musicology, cultural studies, and sociology of work, combining theoretical development, methodological innovation, and a vitality that brings the musical culture of the factory workers to life. Music, Korczynski argues, allows workers both to fulfill their social roles in a regimented industrial environment and to express a sense of resistance to this social order. The author highlights the extensive forms of informal collective resistance within this factory, and argues that the musically informed culture played a key role in sustaining these collective acts of resistance. As well as providing a rich picture of the musical culture and associated forms of resistance in the factory, Korczynski also puts forward new theoretical concepts that have currency in other workplaces and in other rationalized spheres of society.

BusinessIndustry & industrial studiesIndustrial relations & safetyIndustrial relationsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologySocial & cultural anthropologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologySociology: work & labour Publisher: Cornell University Press Publication Date: 06/11/2014 ISBN-13: 9780801479977  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Marek Korczynski is Chair in Sociology of Work at the Nottingham University Business School. He is author of Human Resource Management in Service Work and coauthor of Rhythms of Labour.

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