A Commodified World?: Mapping the Limits of Capitalism

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Zed Books, May 20, 2005 - Business & Economics - 308 pages
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This book critiques the notion that in Late Capitalism all economic relations become always ever more commodified, while non-capitalist activities disappear. It demonstrates that a combination of new cultures of resistance all constrain this tendency or even threaten to reverse it. Colin Williams finds that, even in the advanced economies, a non-commodified realm persists that is as large as the commodified sphere and growing relative to it. He draws on extensive empirical evidence of trends and new patterns of economic activity - including changes in women's participation, differences between wealthy and poor urban areas, and between urban and rural sectors. He explores non-commodified practices of resistance. And he concludes that governments and communities, by de-coupling production and consumption from the commodified realm, could open up alternative development paths.
 

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Contents

The Commodification Thesis
13
Subsistence Work
31
Nonmonetized Exchange
48
NotforProfit Monetized Exchange
63
Socioeconomic Disparities
85
The Uneven Geographies of Commodification
112
Gender and Commodification
135
Beyond the Advanced Economies
154
1o Towards a Commodified World
183
employed out of choice
197
Doing Nothing
201
Fostering Plural Economies
216
Cultivating Work beyond the Commodity Economy
241
1 A comprehensive tax credit framework
264
Conclusions
268
References
277

6 Monthly income distributions for formal
175

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Colin C. Williams is Professor of Work Organization and Director of the Collective for Alternative Organization Studies (CAOS) at the University of Leicester Management Centre (ULMC).

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