Industrial Work, Instrumentalism, Learning Processes: An Old Debate in a Utopian Perspective

Peter Olsén, Kurt Aagaard Nielsen, Birger Steen Nielsen

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    Abstract

    Research on unskilled industrial work suggests that workers' orientations to work are complex and ambivalent - implying defence mechanisms, resistance and (latent) interests in work and its change. This notion is discussed as a theoretical starting point for the project presented in the second part of the article: In an action research project, called 'Industry and Happiness', an egalitarian co-operation between unskilled workers and researchers has been developed. Through a utopian working method the workers have developed autonomous learning processes. On the basis of their own experiences they have produced visions of a democratic industry - viewed as part of a better life. The aim is a practical social experiment.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalEconomic and Industrial Democracy
    Volume14
    Pages (from-to)487-510
    ISSN0143-831X
    Publication statusPublished - 1993

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