Michael Burawoy’s Manufacturing Consent


August 15, 2009

You may have heard of the book by Noam Chomsky (and Ed Herman) with the same title as this video. But actually the ideas in this video are based on a different book by the same title, “Manufacturing Consent” by Michael Burawoy, which was written in 1979 years before the Chomsky book.

Rather than argue the consent to the social order is impose[d] upon people from above through the media, as Chomsky argues in his book, Burawoy argues that the structure of capitalist social relations generates its own illusions, ideology and consent. Chomsky would have done well to read Burawoy’s work before he wrote his own.

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