Fordism and its Multiple Sequels:
the Re-Organization of Work
in Britain, France, Germany
and Japan

Washington Souza


This text aims to question the current "post-Fordist" model, after defining the former Fordism, and showing some latter configurations of "post-Fordism" in Britain, France, Germany and Japan. The compilation of knowledge concerning the organization of work was developed, first of all, by F. W. Taylor, based on technical and scientific methods and on the division of work. Nowadays, many expressions with the prefix "neo" and "post" have appeared such as post-Fordism, post-modernism, neo-liberalism, neo-Marxism and so on. However, thinkers and writers themselves have criticised these innovations. To they post-Fordism is like Fordism as well as post-modernism is like modernism. Neo-liberalism is like liberalism and neo-Marxism is like Marxism. According to Green (1997), postmodernism should be seen not as a development beyond modernism but rather as a continuation of a certain idealist current within it. One can make the same statement about Fordism and post-Fordism

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