Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 4 1999, page 9-26.
Birger Steen Nielsen og Kurt Aagaard Nielsen
An alternative to the present theories of consensus is found in a reconstruction of Marx’s analysis of the so-called "narrow minded sense of art in handicraft". In a reconstruction of the concept found in The German Ideology, the authors argue that work in modern capitalist reality are liberated compared with the handicraftsmen in the feudal system. Liberated workers, however, never got the chance to realize an element of art in work. On the contrary, the sense of art which potentially connects to work disappears - it is expropriated from the workers - not only in the early manufacturing period, but continually throughout the process towards automation.
In the last part of the article the authors try to design conditions and tools which are useful for a reinstallation of a sense of art in relation to work.