Abstract: Disciplinary Practice and the Practice of Discipline, or Political Economy and Paternalism in Nineteenth-Century France

Elizabeth Sage


In this paper, I examine the network between nineteenth-century French industrialists practicing paternalist discipline and nineteenth-century French political economists engaged in institutionalizing their own academic discipline. I also examine the relationship between (industrial) discipline during the nineteenth century (how industrialists responded to the labor problems facing them and how the managerial practices they erected "disciplined" workers) and the (academic) discipline of political economy, which purported to study the practices and achievements of industrial discipline. I explore the connection between political economists' obsession with their own discipline and French industrialists' use of a particular form of industrial paternalist "discipline," and how and why French industrialists came to be embroiled in political economists' efforts at disciplinary formation and boundary protection.

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