A Commodified World?: Mapping the Limits of Capitalism

A Commodified World?: Mapping the Limits of Capitalism

By: Colin C. Williams (author)Hardback

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A Commodified World critiques the notion that in Late Capitalism all economic relations become always ever more commodified, while 'non-capitalist' activities disappear. It demonstrates that a combination of new 'cultures of resistance' all constrain this tendency or even threaten to reverse it. Colin Williams finds that, even in the advanced economies, a non-commodified realm persists that is as large as the commodified sphere and growing relative to it. He draws on extensive empirical evidence of trends and new patterns of economic activity - including changes in women's participation, differences between wealthy and poor urban areas, and between urban and rural sectors. He explores non-commodified practices of resistance. And he concludes that governments and communities, by de-coupling production and consumption from the commodified realm, could open up alternative development paths.

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Colin Williams is professor of work organization and director of the Collective for Alternative Organization Studies (CAOS) at the University of Leicester Management Centre (ULMC).


*1. Introduction * Part 1: The Penetration of Commodification: A Critical Evaluation*2. The Commodification Thesis*3. Subsistence Work*4. Non-Monetised Exchange*5. Not-for-Profit Monetised Exchange* Part 2: The Uneven Contours of Commodification*6. Socio-Economic Disparities*7. The Uneven Geographies of Commodification*8. Gender and Commodification*9. Beyond the Advanced Economies* Part 3: Future Options and their Implications*10. Towards a Commodified World*11. Doing Nothing*12. Fostering Plural Economies* Part 4: Beyond a Commodified World*13. Cultivating Work beyond the Commodity Economy*14. Conclusions

Product Details

  • publication date: 04/03/2005
  • ISBN13: 9781842773543
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9781842773543
  • weight: 492
  • ISBN10: 1842773542

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