Please join us for the next Newberry Seminar in Technology, Politics, and Culture: Friday, November 9, 2001, 3:30-5:00 PM at the Newberry Library.
Greg Downey, University of Wisconsin, Madison
"The Spatial Discipline of the Nineteenth-Century American Telegraph
Managerial efforts to control labor are central to capitalism and the
turn-of-the-century telegraph industry was no exception. This essay
explores the techniques that American telegraph managers devised to
discipline the teenage messenger boys upon whom the industry relied. Since the messenger boys' work required them to travel throughout the city, these techniques had a spatial dimension, and focused, successively, on their uniforms, their offices, and their bicycles.
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