Capitalist Workingman's Paradises Revisited
Corporate Welfare Work in Great Britain, the USA, Germany and France in the Golden Age of Capitalism, 1880-1930
Erik de Gier
Amsterdam University Press
This book offers an in-depth exploration of the international phenomenon of enlightened paternalist capitalism and social engineering in the golden age of capitalism in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and France. Erik de Gier shows how utopian socialist, religious, and craft-based ideas influenced the welfare work and educations programmes offered by paternalistic businesses in different ways from nation to nation, looking closely at sites like the Pullman community in Chicago and Port Sunlight in the UK. De Gier brings the book fully up to date with a brief comparison to contemporary welfare capitalism in our highly flexible working world.
Prof. dr. Erik de Gier MA (1948) is professor emeritus, Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University. He is an industrial sociologist and expert in American studies. De Gier is also the author of Capitalist Workingman’s Paradises Revisited. Corporate Welfare Work in Great Britain, the USA, Germany and France in the Golden Age of Capitalism, 1880–1930, published by Amsterdam University Press in 2016. In the past he published extensively about industrial relations, working conditions, the labour market, and social security.