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Foregrounding Management in Class Warfare from Above

A Review of The Mythology of Work: How Capitalism Persists Despite Itself by Peter Fleming, and The Dark Side of Management: A Secret History of Management Theory by Gerard Hanlon

Alan Bradshaw

Abstract

The books The Mythology of Management by Peter Fleming and The Dark Side of Management by Gerard Hanlon are reviewed. Both books foreground the practices and ideologies of management as core elements of neoliberalism and provide both historical analysis as well as contemporary observation of management as a persistent form of de-skilling workers that leaves them utterly dependent on an antagonistic class of managers.