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Lean production, nyliberalism och ny kapitalism
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6541-6945
2017 (Swedish)In: Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, no 3-4, p. 25-31Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on late modern discursive clashes and contradictions in everyday situations at Flextronics, mainly from the workplace in Karlskrona in southern Sweden. This is a space currently crisscrossed by discourses anchored in two different types of capitalist production systems, which Richard Sennett has described as social capitalism and flexible capitalism (with lean production and customer orientation as guiding principles), the latter beginning to take shape in parallel with the emergence of neoliberal politics in the 1980s. How do individual subjects position themselves in relation to these competing discourses? How is this contradiction articulated and negotiated in the workers´ descriptions about work and their life situation? The result of this study shows that workers feel that they are being squeezed between incompatible standpoints. They express an understanding of the late capitalist companies need for flexibility and just-in-time production, while at the same time not accepting the life in the margin that short contracts in line with lean production compels them to. They are forced to live a life in what they perceive as irregular and abnormal, because society in general is based on the fact that people have secured full-time employment. This applies for example to be able to get a loan in a bank. Therefore they tend to assent to a system that simultaneously relegates them to exclusion.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå, 2017. no 3-4, p. 25-31
Keywords [en]
Lean production, discursive clashes, social capitalism, flexibility, temporary employment
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Ethnology
Research subject
Historical Studies; Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34040Local ID: 696/42/2007:28OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-34040DiVA, id: diva2:1171661
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Global kapitalism och vardagliga motståndsformer.
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The Foundation for Baltic and East European StudiesAvailable from: 2018-01-08 Created: 2018-01-08 Last updated: 2018-01-08Bibliographically approved

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