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Tempo Social

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MARKERT, Werner. Work and conscience: changes in work society and the reconstruction of the class theory. Tempo soc. [online]. 2002, vol.14, n.2, pp. 19-36. ISSN 1809-4554.

This article aims the discussion of the possibilities and limitations in the use of the class concept from Marxism's economic determinations in the analysis of modern industrial societies. Due to the increase in the complexity of theses societies and their production forms, and the predominance of new sectors such as services in the process of capital reproduction, is it possible to create and manage a concept that integrates both excluded and included in the capitalist work system; a concept that involves the new possibilities constituting a common political conscience? Referring to the contemporary German discussion on the subject, this article understands that the systemic reorganization tendencies of production in modern enterprises generate, in their innovative form, a change in the worker status in the factory and in his traditional conscience.

Keywords : social class; class conscience; political action; systemic production.

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