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A Commodified World: Mapping the Limits of Capitalism

A Commodified World: Mapping the Limits of Capitalism

By: Colin C. Williams (author)Paperback

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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.

About Author

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. IntroductionPart 1: The Penetration of Commodification: A Critical Evaluation2. The Commodification Thesis3. Subsistence Work4. Non-Monetised Exchange5. Not-for-Profit Monetised ExchangePart 2: The Uneven Contours of Commodification6. Socio-Economic Disparities7. The Uneven Geographies of Commodification8. Gender and Commodification9. Beyond the Advanced EconomiesPart 3: Future Options and their Implications10. Towards a Commodified World11. Doing Nothing12. Fostering Plural EconomiesPart 4: Beyond a Commodified World13. Cultivating Work beyond the Commodity Economy14. Conclusions

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781842773550
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9781842773550
  • ISBN10: 1842773550

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