Sebastian Budgen on Luc Boltanski and Ève Chiapello, Le Nouvel esprit du capitalisme. A sequel to Max Weber’s Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism . New Spirit of Capitalism,” Boltanski & Chiapello, ) attempts to This study of changes in the spirit of capitalism has revealed a major. New edition of this major work examining the development of neoliberalism In this established classic, sociologists Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello get.

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The brittleness of the new spirit of capitalism shows through here, as it does too in the inordinate importance accorded by this literature to questions of reputation—integrity, sincerity, loyalty and so on: There have always been, they argue, four possible sources of indignation at the reality of capitalism: In Britain it is possible to perceive a similar situation in the various crises of the ‘s. Lian Tai rated it it was amazing Jan 06, Ever stood under blinding florescent lights stocking shelves or any other such drudgery while thinking of how much fun, you an “independent team member” are having in your “flexible, fast paced workplace”?

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In this major work, the sociologists Eve Chiapello and Luc Boltanski go to the heart of the changes in contemporary business culture. Many pages too long, but great. May 08, Khisraw Amini rated it really liked it Shelves: It is this that allows Boltanski and Chiapello to focus so intensively on micro-displacements at the level of the enterprise, going behind the back of traditional corporatist arrangements or welfare institutions, and so to envisage a package of juridical reforms as the antidote to an unfettered development of network capitalism.

He studied social sciences at La Sorbonne in Paris and published his dissertation in This book is a detailed and fascinating explanation of the interaction between modern society and economy. The “spirit” is a positive expression used to inspire commitment to the continuation of capitalism.


Noltanski sociology is recognized as theoretically original and methodologically innovative. Politics Economics Management Category: Hardcoverpages.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. Here, clearly, is the limit of any such pragmatism, the point at which it deserts any sense of realism. This was a spirit hhe tune with the libertarian and romantic currents of chiapelko period as epitomized by dressed-down, cool capitalists such as Bill Gates and Ben and Jerry and, as the authors argue, a more successful, pernicious, and subtle form of exploitation.

Also, the authors show that, the artistic critique of liberation and authenticity, which has been prevalent even to this time has proved to be an easy ground for capitalism to neutralize it and turn it to a justification fot it’s own enterprise. May 29, Elfie Mc rated it it was amazing. But this is getting ahead of myself….


The second set of analyses to advance is centred on critiques of capitalism that they see as having four principle arguments — it is a source of disenchantment and inauthenticityit is a source of oppressionit is a source of poverty and inequalityand it is a source of opportunism and egoism.

The prevailing spirit broke down, unable to respond to criticism of the stifling effect of bureaucracy, the inauthenticity of mass produced commodity consumerism, and distributional mechanisms built around white, straight male dominated industrial workplaces.

It is a vital contribution to the sociology of work, to social and cultural analyses of the ‘contemporary condition’, and to understandings of the current capitalisn order and contemporary politics: A generalized sense of discontent, of impatient and puzzled indignation, has found expression in a range of publications that have found a mass market. Not an easy read, great theory.


Be the first to ask a question about The New Spirit of Capitalism. Again, built up from the management literature – this time of the s – it is one based around flexible working in networked environments which deliver more individual control over life and work, but also a more precarious life style Ahead of their time, what the authors are describing is the modern world of the ‘gig economy’, the zero-hours contract, and the ‘precariat’.

The New Spirit of Capitalism by Luc Boltanski

The arrival of neo-liberalism in France was clearly over-determined in important ways by features of the local situation. Maxime rated it really liked it Jul 07, I expect that I will have to revisit several times, and that each time I will find new things, new ideas and new ways of shaping both questions and answers that deal with work, social life and struggles, and contemporary politics.

To ask other readers questions about The New Spirit of Capitalismplease sign up. This, in itself, is a significant contribution to contemporary scholarship and understanding — but they do more.

The New Spirit of Capitalism

What criticisms are to be made of a work ending on this note? Via an unprecedented analysis of management texts that influenced the thinking of employers and contributed to the reorganization of companies over the last decades, the authors trace the contours of a new spirit of capitalism.

Manuel Paradela rated it it was amazing May 28, Want boltahski Read Currently Reading Read. The contrast between the two periods is striking.

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