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A Commodified World 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842773550
ISBN-10: 1842773550
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 135mm x 17mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Colin C. Williams

Colin 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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