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Antonio Gramsci’s essay on Fordism. Americanism and Fordism. by Anotnio Gramsci Identifier Gramsci-Fordism. Identifier-ark ark://. The essay “Americanism and Fordism” derives from a single. Quaderno, number V, and is translated here as it appears, slightly reordered, in the Note sul. Fordism: Fordism, a specific stage of economic development in the 20th century. political, and social obstacles to the transfer of Americanism and Fordism to.

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Gramsci on the question offers valuable insights in what will later be the object of sociological research under the name of Taylorisation.

This presented itself as one of the major problems in outlining new forms of critique as well as political action which require a deeper understanding of the roots of the hegemonic achievements of the ruling class. Since the shift from capital labour conflicts towards a sort of image of social solidarity, surplus-value production ceased americanosm be put under question and became the starting point for the resolution of power americanim within productive relations.

In other words, the idea of a fordiam class co-operating with its masters towards the maximisation of profit and the consequent redistribution of such surplus value had become the core concern of modern economic policy, as Gramsci described it in his section, and it arguably still remains the root of the unquestionability of capitalism as a mode of production.


The principles of scientific managementF.

Notes on Americanism and Fordism

Taylor is against workers solidarity and pushes for individual economic remuneration to be the primary motive of workers’ activity. His is a productivist philosophy, and a mechanistic vision of human physiology. Lenin approved of it in as long as the rationalist-objectivism was separated from the capitalist motive.

They shared a scientific vision of productivity as a neutral instrument to maximise efficiency. The scientific organisation of production equals a scientific organisation of society. Petri anarchic ordinovista approved of it in Capital no longer circulates in the hands of producers and managers.

Taylorisation aims at re-rationalising capitalist production and eliminating political and financial speculativism. What does it represent?

Passive revolution or internal counter-discourse? Revitalisation of capitalism in economic replacing productivity in the hands of producers rather than bureaucracy and speculation and moral terms creating a cementing ideology internal to the factory.

It is neopuritanism that aims to counterbalance the tendencies to waste. Gramsci sees Fordism as the capitalist response to the objective development of the productive forces.

He rejects its application on socialism in so far as it separates the executive from the management, the particular consciousness of single tasks of the executors from the general consciousness of the sense, meaning towards which each task tends of the co-ordinator, rationaliser, zmericanism. To this view he opposes that of the collective worker. The key is to view the unity of technical development and the ruling class interests as a transitory historical phase of industrial development.

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The situation of the II international was such that it was reasonable to take the objective circumstances and conditions for socialism ‘for granted’, since the October revolution and the social crisis and development of productive forces which followed world war I.

Fordism – Wikipedia

The basic revolutionary problem then and only due to this can become the major theoretical and practical preoccupation. This is contra both Bucharin and mechanism and reformist evolutionism. Once the organic crisis of capitalism is taken for granted, then the preoccupation is to translate the objective structural possibilities at the level of subjectivity through a conscious acquisition, and then to make these possibilities actual and objective through political organisation.

More on Fordism at the excellent Digital Archive on Fordism.

Americanism and Fordism

Notes on Americanism and Fordism Arianna Bove Gramsci cordism the question offers valuable insights in what will later be the object of sociological research under the name of Taylorisation. Taylorism and rationalisation The principles of scientific managementF. Gramsci’s position is in sum the following: