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
     
 

ISBN-10: 1583670882

ISBN-13: 9781583670880

Pub. Date: 07/01/2003

Publisher: Monthly Review Press

The workplace has been changed in recent decades by the rise of digital technologies. Parts of a single labor process can be moved around the world, with implications not only for individual workplaces, but for the working class as a whole.

Within advanced capitalist countries, the workplace has been made more flexible through cell phones, e-mail, freelancing,

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Overview

The workplace has been changed in recent decades by the rise of digital technologies. Parts of a single labor process can be moved around the world, with implications not only for individual workplaces, but for the working class as a whole.

Within advanced capitalist countries, the workplace has been made more flexible through cell phones, e-mail, freelancing, and outsourcing. The process often makes the situation of the workers more precarious, as they are forced to pay for the tools of their trade, are expected to be constantly accessible to workplace demands, and are isolated from their fellow workers.

Huws' The Making of a Cybertariat examines this process from a number of perspectives, including those of women in the workplace and at home. It explores changing categories of employment and modes of organization, and how new divisions of race and gender are created in the process. It questions how the virtual workforce can identify their common interests and stand together to struggle for them.

The Making of a Cybertariat is both a testament to the author's remarkable record in the politics of technology over several decades and a vital resource for grasping ongoing debates and controversies in this field.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583670880
Publisher:
Monthly Review Press
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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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