This ethnographic study of industrial brewery work examines the problems of technological and managerial supervision which workers confront, then describes the control strategies which they practice in response. These strategies involve a variety of tactics aimed at fighting supervisory control. They use impression management to avoid being noticed or interrupted, and raise barriers to interaction with supervisors. Workers strive to generate solidarity by developing concerted action aimed at maintaining moderate levels of work activity. They make rhetorical use of the term "working conditions" to influence the behavior of co-workers. In order to survive routinized jobs, workers struggle for bits and pieces of freedom which help them maintain a sense of autonomy and self-worth.

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