Title

'IR experts' and the new deal state: The diary of a defeated subsumed class

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

4-9-2009

Abstract

This essay develops and applies Resnick and Wolff's conception of 'subsumed classes', groups that receive a portion of surplus value for helping capitalists reproduce their class position. We profile the rise and fall of one such subsumed class, the industrial relations (IR) experts whose theories and practices sought to depoliticize and curb the militancy of the US labor movement. We argue that these IR experts established themselves as a subsumed class in the 1930s and then lost that position in the 1970s and 1980s. © The Author(s), 2009.

Publication Title

Critical Sociology

Volume

35

Issue

3

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