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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: 7/1/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • 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..

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 15
1 New Technology and Domestic Labor 24
2 Domestic Technology: Liberation or Enslavement 35
3 Terminal Isolation: The Atomization of Work and Leisure in the Wired Society 42
4 The Global Office: Information Technology and the Relocation of White Collar Work 56
5 Challenging Commodification: Producing Usefulness Outside the Factory 61
6 Women's Health at Work 77
7 Telework: Projections 86
8 The Fading of the Collective Dream: Reflections on Twenty Years of Research on Women and Technology 101
9 Material World: The Myth of the Weightless Economy 126
10 The Making of a Cybertariat: Virtual Work in a Real World 152
11 Who's Waiting: The Contestation of Time 177
Notes 187
Index 199
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