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Conceptions of labor and national cultures: diverging visions of freedom

Conceptions of labor and national cultures: diverging visions of freedom Am J Cult Sociol https://doi.org/10.1057/s41290-018-00066-3 ORIGINAL ARTICLE Conceptions of labor and national cultures: diverging visions of freedom Philippe d’Iribarne © Springer Nature Limited 2019 Abstract Studies that relate cultural differences in specific fields of social life to broader cultural differences are wanting in cultural sociology. To show that this type of interlinking can prove fruitful, we focus on cross-country differences in labor relations, starting from the conceptions of wage labor in Britain and Germany that emerged from the late seventeenth century onwards. A first level of culture involves practices specific to a delimited sphere of action. In the British approach, a sala - ried worker is assimilated to an external supplier who delivers products and remains within a relationship tied to the provision of services without engaging his or her person. By contrast, in the German approach, the salaried worked is viewed as fully engaging his or her person in the company, while also being associated with the company’s overall functioning. Another level of culture involves societal life more broadly. This second level comes to light when exploring the conceptions of free- dom inherited from the Enlightenment that are specific to Britain, on the one hand, and Germany, on the other. Moreover, in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Cultural Sociology Springer Journals

Conceptions of labor and national cultures: diverging visions of freedom

American Journal of Cultural Sociology , Volume OnlineFirst – Jan 18, 2019

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Publisher
Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2019 by Springer Nature Limited
Subject
Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general; Sociology, general; Sociology of Culture; Media Sociology
ISSN
2049-7113
eISSN
2049-7121
DOI
10.1057/s41290-018-00066-3
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Am J Cult Sociol https://doi.org/10.1057/s41290-018-00066-3 ORIGINAL ARTICLE Conceptions of labor and national cultures: diverging visions of freedom Philippe d’Iribarne © Springer Nature Limited 2019 Abstract Studies that relate cultural differences in specific fields of social life to broader cultural differences are wanting in cultural sociology. To show that this type of interlinking can prove fruitful, we focus on cross-country differences in labor relations, starting from the conceptions of wage labor in Britain and Germany that emerged from the late seventeenth century onwards. A first level of culture involves practices specific to a delimited sphere of action. In the British approach, a sala - ried worker is assimilated to an external supplier who delivers products and remains within a relationship tied to the provision of services without engaging his or her person. By contrast, in the German approach, the salaried worked is viewed as fully engaging his or her person in the company, while also being associated with the company’s overall functioning. Another level of culture involves societal life more broadly. This second level comes to light when exploring the conceptions of free- dom inherited from the Enlightenment that are specific to Britain, on the one hand, and Germany, on the other. Moreover, in

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American Journal of Cultural SociologySpringer Journals

Published: Jan 18, 2019

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