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Americanism and Fordism are the two sides of a more modern form of society, and in this sense, even if they are a product of the contradictions of Capitalism, they foreshadow the advent of the perfectly rational society promised by the Socialist Revolution.
The crisis of antipodean Fordism represents the decline of a structured totality with a range of economic, political and cultural dimensions.
The crisis of Fordism that emerged with the workers' protests of the 1960s and 1970s also coincided with the advent of the neo-liberal economy that is today's hegemonic form of social organization.
Conference session topics include what to do about "shrinking cities," the architecture of Fordism, and the challenge of maintaining cultural landscapes.
However, the concept of Fordism and postFordism has gained far wider currency.
My own reading of the Fordist city corresponds to Weber's in the sense that the strategic scale under Fordism is actually the national scale--cities lose significance.
Likewise, Doug Davis' essay is able to examine O'Connor's "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" which Davis claims "is a story about a man who falls in love with a car," in context of "postwar American car culture" which he refers to as Fordism (169, 170).
Despite his criticism of the way work, the household sector and well-being have been treated in Gross Domestic Product, and his refutation of the claims of neoclassical and libertarian economists that labour-power have been voluntarily sold, Perelman has not dealt with what has been conceptualised as the transition from Fordism to post-Fordism and has not distinguished between the effects of internal and external labour markets.
Aldous seeks to highlight this discrepancy by focusing on the role of Fordism in his imagined society.
According to this renewed scenario, many municipalities have chosen urban tourism as a key instrument through which they can ignite urban regeneration moving from Fordism to post-Fordism, from a production-based society to a cultural consumption-based society (Judd, Fainstein 1999).
He has a habit, throughout the book, of referring to Western (especially American) capitalism in terms of Fordism and post-Fordism.
To equate modernism with homogenising Fordism and later styles, climaxing in Parametricism, with the increasing heterogeneity of Post-Fordism, contains more than a germ of truth, but is also quite inadequate as an explanation.