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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156920610X512444 Historical Materialism 18 (2010) 77–96 brill.nl/hima Art After Deskilling* John Roberts University of Wolverhampton jorob128@aol.com Abstract The absence of would-be palpable skills in contemporary and modern art has become a

In: Historical Materialism
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indispensable for rendering intelligible Farocki’s sustained investigation into capitalism’s drive to systematically displace forms of skilled craft from the production process by subordinating both manual and intellectual labour to an incremental process of deskilling and mechanisation, as well as his critical

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refinement of the social division of labour, and in turn the objectivity of general social technique, this does not mean that the demise of the artisanal in art is reducible to the process of deskilling in productive labour. Indeed, ‘deskilling’ in art is very different from deskilling in the factory and

In: Art and Emancipation

had one before. (Mirabel, female, 25) The story of Mirabel encapsulates the deskilling (or occupational downward mobility) dilemma faced by many high-skilled Cameroonians in the UAE labor market. Despite their advanced formal education and professional training, many Cameroonians have often

In: Migrants and Comparative Education
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of the twentieth century, the dissolution of ‘complex labour’ into ‘simple labour’ (deskilling) effects a radical separation between the fast changing and residual skills of the worker (the machine operator and facilitator, the factory hand, the overseer) and the notion of labour as a source of craft

In: Art and Emancipation

1 Introduction Worker deskilling through division of labour formed much of the substance of critiques of the way workforces are managed in capitalist market economies throughout the 20th century ( Osterman, 1994 , 2006 ; Braverman, 1998 ; Jacobs et al., 2004: p. 64 ). In recent times, this

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has been widely understood to propose that deskilling is inherent to capitalist management, accomplished via work simplification and mechanisation. 2 Subsequent labour-process theory has documented and theorised a range of control strategies, from responsible autonomy to bureaucratic control

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of Management A central task for management, in Hanlon’s analysis, is the deskilling of workers so as to allow heightened extraction of surplus-value, and this process is charted in rich historical detail. Hanlon explains how a group of workers, journeymen and citizens petitioned to prevent the

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choices available, and by deskilling the domestic cook practitioner through the amplified accessibility of convenience food. These ideas often figures in explaining poor nutritional eating patterns across Western nations, and also the gradual decline of consumption of fish in Norway. With modern

In: Odysseys of Plates and Palates: Food, Society and Sociality

& White, 2012 ). Some scholars, however, are critical on the over-emphasis of the role of entrepreneurship and life skills education in solving the issue of the deskilling of rural youth and ensuring their economic mobility. They call for further scrutiny of the structural failures of neoliberal education

In: Preparing Indonesian Youth