Part analysis of contemporary change and part vision of the future, post-Fordism lends its name to a set of challenging, essential and controversial debates over the nature of capitalism's newest age. This book provides an introduction to debates over the nature of capitalism's newest age and includes key texts by post-Fordism's major theorists and commentators. At the heart of the book lie several related questions. Is the mass production era of Henry Ford now over, and has "Fordism" finished? Are new "information technologies" transforming western economies and creating new forms of social, political and cultural life in the process? The answers have been hotly contested, not least by writers sympathetic to a post-Fordist perspective. From Ash Amin's indispensable introductory essay to Susan Christopherson's bracing account of the contemporary "fortress city", this book is a guide through post-Fordism's models, fantasies and phantoms of transition.
The other contributors are: Mark Elam, Josef Esser, Mike Featherstone, David Harvey, Joachim Hirsch, Bob Jessop, Alain Lipietz, Anders Malmberg, Margit Mayer, Jamie Peck, Charles Sabel, Michael Storper, Adam Tickell, and John Tomaney.
"Those tempted to venture onto this contested terrain would be well
advised to choose their guidebook carefully and at present there
are few which do the job better that Ash Amin's edited collection.
The book's key virtue, it seems to me, is that it does not pursue a
particular agenda in relation to the debate, but draws its
contributions from across the spectrum of opinion." J. H. Love,
"If this particular Reader were a CD then it would no doubt be
called 'Now That's What I Call Post-Fordism' or perhaps 'The Best
Book on Post-Fordism... Ever!'." Andrew Leyshon, University of
List of Contributors.
1. Post-Fordism: Models, Fantasies and Phantoms of Transition:
Ash Amin (University of Newcastle).
Part I: New Macroeconomic Designs:.
2. Puzzling out the Post-Fordist Debate: Technology, Markets and
Institutions: Mark Elam (Linkoping University).
3. The Crisis of Fordism and the Dimensions of a 'Post-Fordist'
Regional and Urban Structure: Josef Esser (Goethe University,
Germany) and Joachim Hirsch (Goethe University, Germany).
Part II: New Sociologies and Geographies of Industrial
4. Flexible Specialisation and the Re-emergence of Regional
Economies: Charles F. Sabel (MIT, USA).
5. A New Paradigm of Work Organization and Technology: John
Tomaney (University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne).
6. The Transition to Flexible Specialization in the US Film
Industry: External Economies, the Division of Labour and the
Crossing of Industrial Divides: Michael Storper (University of
California, Los Angeles, USA).
7. Competing Structural and Institutional Influences on the
Geography of Production in Europe: Ash Amin (University of
Newcastle-upon-Tyne) and Anders Malmberg (Uppsala University,
Part III: Policy and Politics Beyond Fordism:.
8. Post-Fordism and the State: Bob Jessop (Lancaster
9. Searching for a New Institutional Fix: The
After-Fordist crisis and Global-local Disorder: Jamie Peck
(Manchester University) and Adam Tickel (Leeds University).
10. Post-Fordist City Politics: Margit Mayer (Free University of
11. Post-Fordism and Democracy: Alain Lipietz (CEPREMAP, Paris,
Part IV: Post-Fordist City Lives and Lifestyles:.
12. Flexible Accumulation through Urbanization: Reflections on
'Post-Modernism' in the American City: David Harvey (Johns Hopkins
13. City Cultures and Postmodern Lifestyles: Mike Featherstone
14. The Fortress City: Privatized Spaces, Consumer Citizenship:
Susan Christopherson (Cornell University, USA).