The Post-Industrial Society: Tomorrow's social history: by Alain Touraine

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L S O C I E T Y 56 felt more and more. At the same time as the most patho­ logical forms of capitalism disorganize social space by delivering it over to speculation, technocratic power, 'wrapped up in its plan for growth, resistant to negotiation and new information, destroys the capacity of society to transform its life-forms, to imagine a new kind of space. and to develop new forms of social relations and cultural activities. Social struggles can no longer remain limited to the domain of labor and business, because the hold of economic power over social life is more general than ever and reaches every aspect of personal life and collective activities.

In this way. he ends with such a general definition of classes that it includes quite different situations and runs the risk of bei reduced to a very superficial conception: the op­ poSition between those who give orders and those who take them. Are the relations between teacher and pupil, fore­ �� man and worker. soldier and officer, employee and office manager, nurse and hospital director all of the same kind? We shall answer that they are the same only to the degree that all hierarchical organizations have common problems; they are not the same if we are considering problems of power and social classes.

The worker is not defending himself simply Technocratic organizations wrap themselves in secrecy and but more broadly as a member of a community, attached distrust public infonnation and debate. They aggressively to a way of life, to bonds of family and friends, to a cul­ as space. a work�r, build their own power, impose more and more rigid social ture. There was a time when the appeal to history and integration on their members, and manipulate the chan­ geography was raised by the new dominant classes, the nels of production and consumption.

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