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Work, sleep, repeat : the abstract labour of German management consultants / Felix Stein.

Author/Creator:
Stein, Felix author.
Publication:
London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2017.
Format/Description:
Book
xii, 230 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series:
Monographs on social anthropology ; no. 83.
London School of Economics monographs on social anthropology ; volume 83
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Subjects:
Business consultants -- Germany.
Business anthropology -- Germany.
Consultants -- Germany.
Consulting firms -- Social aspects -- Germany.
Work.
Business anthropology.
Business consultants.
Germany.
Contents:
Introduction; Abstract labour, bureaucracy and corporate forms; Non-places as field sites; Structure of this book; Chapter 1 Background: A Brief History of Management Consulting; The beginnings of management consulting; Consolidation and growth; Management consulting in Germany; Conclusion; Chapter 2 Selling Speed: Capitalist Acceleration and Temporal Angst; Selling speed; A permanent state of exception; Temporal exemplars; Time management and temporal angst; Conclusion; Chapter 3 Economies of LegitimacyConsultants as outsiders; Two kinds of outsider knowledge; Consultants as insiders; Consultants as liminal beings; 'Superior' liminality; Conclusion; Chapter 4 Abstract Labour and the Absurd; Present abundance and expected dearth; Meet the team; Spreadsheet magic; Rituals of verification; Thinking through slides; Comic strips for the powerful; Abstract labour and autopoiesis; Project results and the absurd; Conclusion; Chapter 5 Selves and Commodities; Caveat: Why not focus on salaries?; Consulting as self-improvement; First limits to self-improvement; Consultants as commoditiesSelves and commodities; Feedback; Conclusion; Chapter 6 Uncertainty at Work; Gaps in the analyses; Potential worlds; Gaps in the subject; The presence of experts; Potential worlds II; Free employees in theory and practice; The partially influential employee; Consolations of optimistic pragmatism; Limits to profitable uncertainty; Conclusion; Conclusion: In the Business of Critique; Anthropology as abstract labour?; The business of critique; Conclusion.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-226) and index.
ISBN:
1350027790
9781350027794
9781350027800
9781350027817
OCLC:
985298047