Critical Study Of Work

Critical Study Of Work

by Rick Baldoz
     
 

Two broad developments reshaped work at the end of the twentieth century. The first was the implosion of the Soviet Union and the worldwide triumph of market capitalism. The second was the increasing use of computer-based production technologies and management command-and-control systems. How do we make sense of these important developments?

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Overview

Two broad developments reshaped work at the end of the twentieth century. The first was the implosion of the Soviet Union and the worldwide triumph of market capitalism. The second was the increasing use of computer-based production technologies and management command-and-control systems. How do we make sense of these important developments?

The editors have assembled a collection of provocative, original essays on work and workplaces throughout the world that challenge the current celebration of globalization and new technologies. Building on labor process analysis, individual case studies venture beyond factory and office to examine "virtual" workplaces, computer-era cottage work, and emotional and household labor. The settings range from Indian and Irish software factories to Brazilian supermarkets, Los Angeles sweatshops, and Taiwanese department stores.

Other essays seek to make theoretical sense of increasingly de-centered production chains, fluid work relations, and uncertain employment. Individually and collectively the authors construct a new critical study of work, highlighting the connections between geography, technology, gender, race, and class. They offer an accessible and flexible approach to the study of workplace relations and production organization-and even the notion of work itself.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566397988
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
05/14/2001
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Making Sense of Work in the Twenty-First Century3
1Dwelling in Capitalism, Traveling Through Socialism21
2Do Capitalists Matter in the Capitalist Labor Process? Collective Capacities, Group Interests, and Management Prerogatives, c. 1886-190445
3Gender, Race, and the Organization of Reproductive Labor71
4The Body as a Contested Terrain for Labor Control: Cosmetics Retailers in Department Stores and Direct Selling83
5Silent Rebellions in the Capitalist Paradise: A Brazil-Quebec Comparison106
6Flexible Despotism: The Intensification of Insecurity and Uncertainty in the Lives of Silicon Valley's High-Tech Assembly Workers127
7The Challenge of Organizing in a Globalized/Flexible Industry: The Case of the Apparel Industry in Lost Angeles155
8Transcending Taylorism and Fordism? Three Decades of Work Restructuring179
9Manufacturing Compromise: The Dynamics of Race and Class Among South African Shop Stewards in the 1990s196
10"Globalization": The Next Tactic in the Fifty Year Struggle of Labor and Capital in Software Production215
11Controlling Technical Workers in Alternative Work Arrangements: Rethinking the Work Contract236
12Net-Working for a Living: Irish Software Developers in the Global Workplace258
About the Contributors283

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