Industrial Revolution Many believe that the Industrial Revolution shaped most aspects of employment relations. Do you agree with this statement? Also views/ theories did Karl Marx and Max Weber...

Industrial Revolution

Many believe that the Industrial Revolution shaped most aspects of employment relations. Do you agree with this statement? Also views/ theories did Karl Marx and Max Weber have about the industrial revolution?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I never really thought about it that way. Since the industrial revolution brought employee-employer relations on a larger scale, many of the structures for interaction date from then. The result was often hostile, especially when unions came into the picture.
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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I agree with that, too.  However, as someone who has worked in a myriad of work environments, I would have to say that some aspects of feudalism seem to have survived, particularly in workplaces that are non-unionized.  The cubicle has replaced the plot of land the serf must work, but obeisance to the lord of the manor seems alive and well in some instances.

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I'll agree with that.  The Industrial Revolution created a much more regimented and formalized workplace.  It created large companies where workers came to be very much separated from managers and owners.  These things were very different from the small artisanal concerns that dominated the economy before the Industrial Revolution.  By making this change, the Industrial Revolution completely changed relations between employees and employers.

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gopikrishna | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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The Industrial Revolution was a time of great change and innovation.  The entire world was affected by the way people lived and worked.  Entire economies and cultures changed, and results were both beneficial and harmful.One of the major achievements of Industrial revolution was its impact on iron industry. Further advances brought the age of Steel. This was a major breakthrough. Railroads, canals, bridges and road were constructed first in England and France, and later, in rest of Europe. These developments in the production of iron and steel also had a profound impact on machinery. Steam engines, perfected by that time, replaced horse-powered railroads in 1820s. Faster mode of transportation revolutionized travel for both people and goods. A new era of commercial activity thus strengthened economy.

While industrial revolution caused a seismic shift in every aspect of life, it had a profound effect on the human condition, especially on urban workers.  A shift of occupation from agrarian to industrial led to a sharp increase in city populations, which was not associated with developments in infrastructure, sanitation, city planning, law and order etc. Thus diseases, crimes and filth became dominant themes of city life. Working conditions were also hard as factories were dirty, hot, unhygienic and sometimes dangerous with no safety measures.

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