The Making of a Cybertariat: Virtual Work in a Real World / Edition 1

The Making of a Cybertariat: Virtual Work in a Real World / Edition 1

by Ursula Huws, Colin Leys
     
 

Huws (international labor studies, London Metropolitan U.) defines commodification as "the tendency of capitalist economies to generate new and increasingly standardized products for sale in the market whose sale will generate profits that increase in proportion to the scale of production" and applies the concept to both material products and services. SheSee more details below

Overview

Huws (international labor studies, London Metropolitan U.) defines commodification as "the tendency of capitalist economies to generate new and increasingly standardized products for sale in the market whose sale will generate profits that increase in proportion to the scale of production" and applies the concept to both material products and services. She argues that understanding commodification is central to understanding change in capitalist economies, and she discusses this theme in 11 essays, first published between the late 1970s and the early 2000s, Topics include the impact of technology on domestic labor, the atomization of work and leisure due to information technology, and the contestation of time. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583670880
Publisher:
Monthly Review Press
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,132,057
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Ursula Huws is Professor of Labour and Globalisation at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, and founder of Analytica Social and Economic Research. She is the author of The Making of a Cybertariat: Virtual Work in a Real World.

Colin Leys is professor of political science at York University, Toronto, and author of Renewing Socialism: Democracy, Strategy, and Imagination..

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction15
1New Technology and Domestic Labor24
2Domestic Technology: Liberation or Enslavement35
3Terminal Isolation: The Atomization of Work and Leisure in the Wired Society42
4The Global Office: Information Technology and the Relocation of White Collar Work56
5Challenging Commodification: Producing Usefulness Outside the Factory61
6Women's Health at Work77
7Telework: Projections86
8The Fading of the Collective Dream: Reflections on Twenty Years of Research on Women and Technology101
9Material World: The Myth of the Weightless Economy126
10The Making of a Cybertariat: Virtual Work in a Real World152
11Who's Waiting: The Contestation of Time177
Notes187
Index199

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