Catalogue


World of possibilities [electronic resource] : flexibility and mass production in western industrialization /
edited by Charles F. Sabel and Jonathan Zeitlin.
imprint
[Paris] : Maison des sciences de l'homme ; Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c1997.
description
x, 510 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0521495555
format(s)
Book
More Details
imprint
[Paris] : Maison des sciences de l'homme ; Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c1997.
isbn
0521495555
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Papers from an international seminar on "Historical alternatives to mass production."
catalogue key
8375442
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Reviews
Review Quotes
"...this is an excellent collection, one with special appeal for students of European industrialization and technology." ILWCH
'This excellent book ... is a scholarly and rigorous academic text, drawing upon a wide range of multi-national research, impressive in its historical breadth and depth. It makes us think about how we think and write history ... It is quite simply good history.' Labour History Review
‘This excellent book … is a scholarly and rigorous academic text, drawing upon a wide range of multi-national research, impressive in its historical breadth and depth. It makes us think about how we think and write history … It is quite simply good history.’Labour History Review
"...this book provides a powerful antidote to those narratives of industrialism in which the actor is merely a pawn in the larger sweep of history." Bertram Silverman, Labor History
"[The book's] value as a whole is that it not only tells about industries that succeeded by virtue of strategies of flexible manufacturing, but also that their successes depended on many variables." Lindy Biggs, Technology and Culture
"The book is a fine way of opening a discussion within the history of industrialization that will surely flourish." Robert Salais, American Journal of Sociology
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
The central theme of this book is that the experience of economic fragility that seems unique to our day has in fact been the norm for many countries and sectors throughout economic history.
Description for Bookstore
A bold and original reinterpretation of Western industrialization from the eighteenth century to the 1990s, World of Possibilities highlights the plurality of forms of successful industrial organization, past and present, throughout the Western world.
Description for Library
This book presents a bold and original reinterpretation of Western industrialization from the eighteenth century to the 1990s in terms of the interplay between flexibility and mass production. Drawing on extensive new research by a multinational and multidisciplinary team of scholars, World of Possibilities challenges standard views about the inevitable triumph of the large-scale, vertically integrated corporate enterprise, highlighting instead the plurality of forms of successful industrial organization, past and present, throughout the Western world.
Main Description
This book presents a bold and original reinterpretation of Western industrialization from the eighteenth century to the present day in terms of the interplay between flexibility and mass production. Drawing on extensive new research by a multinational and multidisciplinary team of scholars, the volume challenges standard views about the inevitable triumph of the large-scale, vertically-integrated corporate enterprise. In contrast, World of Possibilities highlights the plurality of forms of successful industrial organization, past and present, throughout the Western world.
Main Description
This book retells the history of Western industrialization, revealing possibilities unexplored in the nineteenth century, variants of which have come to transform present day economies. It shows that economic actors have historically been more aware of the great strategic choices they faced than standard theory credits them with being, and this surprising acuity allows them to imagine and put into practice solutions which current theories of industrial organization have scarcely anticipated. The book is therefore at one and the same time a contribution to a substantive revision of the history of mechanized production and a propaedeutic in a form of explanation that approximates the knowledge of the actor to the knowledge of the theorist. The volume groups essays presented by a multinational team of historians and social scientists drawing on intensive primary research on a wide range of firms, regions, sectors and national economies in Western Europe and the United States from the eighteenth century to the 1990s.
Description for Bookstore
This book presents a bold and original reinterpretation of Western industrialization from the eighteenth century to the present day in terms of the interplay between flexibility and mass production. Drawing on extensive new research by a multinational and multidisciplinary team of scholars, the volume challenges standard views about the inevitable triumph of the large-scale, verucally-integrated corporate enterprise. In contrast World of Possibilities highlights the plurality of forms of successful industrial organisation, past and present, throughout the western world.
Table of Contents
The Modernity of Tradition
Fashion as flexible production: the strategies of the Lyon silk merchants in the eighteenth century
The fate of fabriques collectives in the industrial world: the silk industries of Lyon and London, 1800-1850
The rise and decline of flexible production: the cutlery industry of Solingen since the eighteenth century
Manufacturing flexibility in nineteenth-century Switzerland: social and institutional foundations of decline and revival in calico printing and watchmaking
The Battle of the Systems
Between flexibility and mass production: strategic ambiguity and selective adaptation in the British engineering industry, 1840-1914
The lost paradigm: an Italian metalworking empire between competing models of production, 1900-1920
'Have a heart for the manufacturers!': production, distribution and the decline of American textile manufacturing
The small-holder economy in Denmark: the exception as variation
The Resurgence of Flexible Production
In search of flexibility: the Bologna metalworking industry, 1900-1992
Local industry and actors' strategies: from combs to plastics oyonnax
Producing producers: shippers, shipyards and the cooperative infrastructure of the Norwegian maritime complex since 1850 Hakon With
Index
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