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Making of a Cybertariat : Virtual Work in a Real World - Ursula Huws

Making of a Cybertariat

Virtual Work in a Real World

Paperback Published: 21st March 2013
ISBN: 9780850365375
Number Of Pages: 208

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A new global labour force is being created working in call centres, homes and electronic sweatshops. New technologies are also transforming daily life. This book presents a coherent conceptual framework within which these developments can be understood. - Explains the impact of technology on the workplace, and relates its arguments and analyses to the work-situations of real people, showing how larger trends influence daily activities and shape the possibilities of collective action. - A portrait of working conditions experienced by both men and women, but focuses especially on the double impact on women both as workers and as consumers.. - Foreword by Colin Leys-a well-known figure in Marxist political analysis- describing the unique contribution of Huws's work. In the development of a new feminist-influenced political economy - Huws has been engaged with the social meaning of the new digital technologies from their first introduction into the workplace in the 1970s. Avoiding technological determinism, Huws locates developments in a long economic and political trajectory, so that their significance for understanding globalisation processes stands out clearly.

Introductionp. 15
New Technology and Domestic Laborp. 24
Domestic Technology: Liberation or Enslavementp. 35
Terminal Isolation: The Atomization of Work and Leisure in the Wired Societyp. 42
The Global Office: Information Technology and the Relocation of White Collar Workp. 56
Challenging Commodification: Producing Usefulness Outside the Factoryp. 61
Women's Health at Workp. 77
Telework: Projectionsp. 86
The Fading of the Collective Dream: Reflections on Twenty Years of Research on Women and Technologyp. 101
Material World: The Myth of the Weightless Economyp. 126
The Making of a Cybertariat: Virtual Work in a Real Worldp. 152
Who's Waiting: The Contestation of Timep. 177
Notesp. 187
Indexp. 199
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ISBN: 9780850365375
ISBN-10: 0850365376
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 21st March 2013
Publisher: The Merlin Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 13.5  x 1.4