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England's Great Transformation: "Law, Labor, and the Industrial Revolution"

Marc W. Steinberg


The broad goal of this book is to combine historical materialism and historical institutionalism through a gendered lens. Both concern how durable social structures construct and maintain asymmetries of power. The study pursues a concerted institutional analysis of class power and the labor process and ways that legal practices beyond the workplace impact struggles over its control. The labor contract was integral to labor control in historical capitalist development, and how labor control was accomplished through juridical authority. To do so it goes beyond current neo-marxist perspectives on ... More

Keywords: historical materialism, historical institutionalism, capitalist development, labor process, labor contract, Karl Marx, Karl Polanyi, Victorian England, industrial revolution, master and servant law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226329819
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226330013.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc W. Steinberg, author
Smith College