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Songs of the Factory: Pop Music, Culture, and Resistance

Marek Korczynski


This book examines the role that popular music plays in workers' culture on the factory floor. It shows how workers make often grueling assembly-line work tolerable by permeating their workday with pop music on the radio. The first ethnographic study of musical culture in an industrial workplace, the book draws on socio-musicology, cultural studies, and sociology of work, combining theoretical development, methodological innovation, and a vitality that brings the musical culture of the factory workers to life. Music, the book argues, allows workers both to fulfill their social roles in a regim ... More

Keywords: popular music, factory floor, assembly-line work, factory workers, musical culture, industrial workplace, collective resistance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451546
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451546.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marek Korczynski, author
Chair in Sociology of Work, the Nottingham University Business School