Regulating readers: the social origins of the readersâ advisor in the United States

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105897
Title:
Regulating readers: the social origins of the readersâ advisor in the United States
Author:
Luyt, Brendan
Citation:
Regulating readers: the social origins of the readersâ advisor in the United States 2001, 71(4):443-466 Library Quarterly
Journal:
Library Quarterly
Issue Date:
2001
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105897
Submitted date:
2007-07-08
Abstract:
In this article I argue that the readersâ advisory service was a product of social forces operating in the context of early twentieth century capitalism. The work of French regulation theorists provides a framework for analyzing these forces using the concepts of regime of accumulation and mode of regulation. It suggests that American capitalism during this time was engaged in a process of defining a new mode of regulation capable of ensuring labor discipline and forging a market for consumer products among the public. The readersâ advisory service, in its efforts to develop a professional expertise for librarians, can be shown to be an experiment in contributing to the fulfillment of the needs imposed by the new mode of regulation. This experiment was conducted through the development of processes involving the legitimization of new ways of living, the â humanizationâ of books, the association of free time with the consumption of commodities, and the voluntary imposition of a system of discipline on patrons who availed themselves of the service.
Type:
Journal Article (Paginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Reference Services; Public Libraries; History

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dc.contributor.authorLuyt, Brendanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-07-08T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:36:22Z-
dc.date.issued2001en_US
dc.date.submitted2007-07-08en_US
dc.identifier.citationRegulating readers: the social origins of the readersâ advisor in the United States 2001, 71(4):443-466 Library Quarterlyen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105897-
dc.description.abstractIn this article I argue that the readersâ advisory service was a product of social forces operating in the context of early twentieth century capitalism. The work of French regulation theorists provides a framework for analyzing these forces using the concepts of regime of accumulation and mode of regulation. It suggests that American capitalism during this time was engaged in a process of defining a new mode of regulation capable of ensuring labor discipline and forging a market for consumer products among the public. The readersâ advisory service, in its efforts to develop a professional expertise for librarians, can be shown to be an experiment in contributing to the fulfillment of the needs imposed by the new mode of regulation. This experiment was conducted through the development of processes involving the legitimization of new ways of living, the â humanizationâ of books, the association of free time with the consumption of commodities, and the voluntary imposition of a system of discipline on patrons who availed themselves of the service.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectReference Servicesen_US
dc.subjectPublic Librariesen_US
dc.subjectHistoryen_US
dc.titleRegulating readers: the social origins of the readersâ advisor in the United Statesen_US
dc.typeJournal Article (Paginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalLibrary Quarterlyen_US
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