Work in the New Economy: Flexible Labor Markets in Silicon Valley / Edition 1

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This book contributes to our understanding of the transformation of work in the information economy, through a detailed examination of labor markets in Silicon Valley. It provides an original and insightful analysis of flexible labor including growing volatility in work demands and increasingly tenuous employment relations.

  • Contributes to our understanding of the transformation of work in the information economy, through a detailed examination of labor markets in Silicon Valley.
  • Provides an original and insightful analysis of flexible labor including growing volatility in work demands and increasingly tenuous employment relations.
  • Examines the increasingly important role of labor market intermediaries.
  • Shows that some workers clearly thrive in this vibrant context, but many face high levels of insecurity admist growing inquality.
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“The labor market in Silicon Valley is the likely harbinger of things to come in the rest of the American economy. Chris Benner’s analysis of this market’s structure should be taken very seriously. He has brought us a vast amount of information that will help policy makers plan for the future.” Professor Martin Carnoy, Stanford University

“Benner’s work on the Silicon Valley’s labor markets provides valuable insights for policymakers and activists as well as scholars who care about the future of work and workers in the new economy.” ProfessorAnnaLee Saxenian, UC Berkeley

"Chris Benner, in his ground-breaking study of Work in the New Economy has done us an immense favour by offering an alternative way to conceptualize labour markets, a way which not only allows us to capture the dynamics within them, but also helps us move dialectically between structuralist approaches and those rooted in notions of individual agency." International Review of Social History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631232506
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/21/2002
  • Series: Information Age Series , #5
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Benner is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the Pennsylvania State University and a Research Associate at both the Sociology of Work Program at the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa) and the Center for Justice, Tolerance and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has written extensively on workforce development and training systems, labor flexibility, non-standard employment, employment insecurity, regional development policy, dynamics of occupational learning networks, and new forms of labor organizing. His publications have appeared in a range of both academic journals and more popular outlets. He received his doctorate in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Series Editor's Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I Flexibility and the Transformation of Work and Employment 11
1 Understanding Flexibility 13
2 Silicon Valley: Changing Industry Structure and Employment Practices 37
Pt. II Flexibility and Intermediaries 81
3 Flexibility and Intermediation 83
4 Labor Market Intermediaries - Private Sector 99
5 Labor Market Intermediaries - Membership-based 130
6 Labor Market Intermediaries - Public Sector 177
Pt. III Flexibility and Careers 201
7 Careers in Silicon Valley 203
8 Flexibility and Security 234
References 262
Index 281
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