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Factory discipline
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1. Definition

The term factory discipline denotes a specific behavioral disposition of the workers in an industrial factory (Factory [industrial]), which is understood to be the result of efforts at socialization and is considered one of the essential requirements for the successful operation of a factory. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the process of establishing this discipline included adapting the behavior of the factory workers to two essential elements of the new production system: centralization and m…

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Gorißen, Stefan, “Factory discipline”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 26 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019078>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126



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