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date: 24 February 2021

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Theoretical perspectives are invariably partial, comprising variants and factions. There is a legacy of debate and disputation in critical theory. In the case of labour-process theory (LPT), development has taken the form of a heated debate in recent years between structuralist and poststructuralist perspectives. To reflect this position, proponents of the two variants – Paul Thompson and Damian O'Doherty – present a short half-article on their respective approach and understanding of labour-process theory so that the article as a ‘whole’ conveys a sense of a perspective in ferment. Rather than replay the original debates, the contributors have been sensibly asked to consider the following: (1) What is LPT and what kind of problems (as a theory) is it intended to address/solve? (2) How successful has it been in addressing those problems and issues? and (3) What are the actual and potential relationships between LPT and CMS?

Keywords: critical theory, labour-process theory, structuralist perspectives, poststructuralist perspectives, Paul Thompson, Damian O'Doherty

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