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The Resource Taylored lives : narrative productions in the age of Taylor, Veblen, and Ford, Martha Banta

Taylored lives : narrative productions in the age of Taylor, Veblen, and Ford, Martha Banta

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Taylored lives : narrative productions in the age of Taylor, Veblen, and Ford
Title
Taylored lives
Title remainder
narrative productions in the age of Taylor, Veblen, and Ford
Statement of responsibility
Martha Banta
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Scientific management: Technology spawned it, Frederick Winslow Taylor championed it, Thorstein Veblen dissected it, Henry Ford implemented it. By the turn of the century, practical visionaries prided themselves on having arrived at "the one best way" both to increase industrial productivity and to regulate the vagaries of human behavior. Nothing escaped the efficiency craze, and in this vivid, wide-ranging book, Martha Banta explores its effect on the culture at large. To the Taylorists, everthing needed tidying up: government, business, warfare, households, and, most of all, the workplace, with its unruly influx of strangers into the native scenes. Taylored Lives gives us a striking sense of what it was like to live, work, love, and die when time, motion, and emotions were checked off on worksheets and management charts. Canvasing the culture, Banta shows how the cause of efficiency was taken up in narratives, of every sort - in mail-order catalogs, popular romances, newspaper stories, and personal testimonials "from below," as well as in the canonical works of writers from Henry Adams and William James, to Sinclair Lewis, Nathanael West, and William Faulkner. The strategies of impassioned theorists and hands-on practitioners affected the kinds-of narratives produced in the controversy over the pros and cons of the management culture; they bear an eerie resemblance to the means by which we today, storytellers all, keep trying to make sense of our own chaotic times. This interdisciplinary work charts the development of a managerial culture from its start in the steel mills of Pennsylvania through its spread across the American experience in an interlocking series of social systems and everyday practices. Banta scrutinizes narrative strategies employed by "inscribers" as diverse as Josephine Goldmark, Theodore Roosevelt, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Anzia Yezierska, Richard Harding Davis, Booker T. Washington, and Theodore Dreiser; by Taylor himself, as well as Veblen and Ford; by women who toiled on the factory floor; by writers of dream-copy for ready-made houses; and by Buster Keaton in his silent treatment of the dysfuntional honeymoon home. With its historical scope and its provocative readings of assorted narratives, this richly illustrated book offers a complex and disturbing picture of a period, as well as invaluable insights into the way theory-making continually makes and breaks cultures. A remarkable work, Taylored Lives confirms Martha Banta's place as one of our leading cultural and literary critics
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DLC
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Banta, Martha
Dewey number
973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E168
LC item number
.B22 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Industrial efficiency
  • American fiction
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • United States
  • United States
  • Taylor, Frederick Winslow
  • Veblen, Thorstein
  • Ford, Henry (Unternehmer, 1863-1947)
  • Cultuursociologie
  • Theorievorming
  • Taylorstelsel
  • Literaire structuur
  • Efficience dans l'industrie
  • Roman américain
  • Narration
  • Literatur
  • Industriegesellschaft
  • Kultur
  • Taylorismus
  • Cultuursociologie
  • Literaire structuur
  • Taylorstelsel
  • Theorievorming
Label
Taylored lives : narrative productions in the age of Taylor, Veblen, and Ford, Martha Banta
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 395-420) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Barbaric fictions -- Soldiers of fortune -- Brutality and betterment -- Testimonies -- Women workers : new era, new force, old narratives -- Heroines and the law of averages -- House lives -- Society's wastrels -- Ways out
Control code
26931316
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 431 pages
Isbn
9780226037011
Isbn Type
(cloth : acid-free paper)
Lccn
92038609
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1528184
Label
Taylored lives : narrative productions in the age of Taylor, Veblen, and Ford, Martha Banta
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 395-420) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Barbaric fictions -- Soldiers of fortune -- Brutality and betterment -- Testimonies -- Women workers : new era, new force, old narratives -- Heroines and the law of averages -- House lives -- Society's wastrels -- Ways out
Control code
26931316
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 431 pages
Isbn
9780226037011
Isbn Type
(cloth : acid-free paper)
Lccn
92038609
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1528184

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