Dynamics of Virtual Work

Virtual Workers and the Global Labour Market

Editors: Webster, Juliet, Randle, Keith (Eds.)

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The emerging world of virtual work is not tied to physical workplaces or particular locations, but is dispersed and footloose. It is frequently precarious, and blurs the boundaries between work and non-work, production and consumption.

Contributors to this wide-ranging volume of case studies identify the growing and diverse army of virtual workers. Building from an overarching introduction which discusses the salient features of virtual work, this collection considers the challenges in analysing the class position of virtual workers. 

Virtual Workers and the Global Labour Market features international examples of emerging occupations and working conditions in new media, gaming, journalism, advertising and branding, software development and offshore services. Cross-disciplinary insights from across the social sciences inform contributions on labour market entry, employment relations, precariousness, the dynamics of virtual teams, and cyberbullying, in order to illustrate the diversity of virtual work, its circumstances and its labour force.

 

 

About the authors

Juliet Webster is the Director of Work and Equality Research, a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics, UK and an Associate of the Gender and ICT Group, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Spain.  Previous publications include Shaping Women’s Work: Gender, Employment and Information Technology; The Information Society in Europe and Gender, Science and Information Technologies.

Keith Randle is Professor of Work and Organisation at the Hertfordshire Business School, University of Hertfordshire, UK. In 2013 he co-founded CERC (Creative Economy Research Centre) to form an interdisciplinary hub at the university. His main research interests relate to work, employment and inclusion/exclusion in the creative and cultural industries. He represents the University of Hertfordshire, UK on the COST network on the Dynamics of Virtual Work.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Positioning Virtual Workers Within Space, Time, and Social Dynamics

    Webster, Juliet (et al.)

    Pages 3-34

  • Engineering Lifestyles: Career Choices in Late Modernity

    Müller, Jörg

    Pages 37-56

  • Young Entrepreneurs and Creative Collectives: Greek New Media Workers in Constant Crisis

    Michailidou, Martha (et al.)

    Pages 57-76

  • Virtual Innovation Work: Labour, Creativity, and Standardisation

    Pfeiffer, Sabine (et al.)

    Pages 77-93

  • It‘s on the Cards: Emerging Employment Relationships in Online Poker

    Holts, Kaire (et al.)

    Pages 95-116

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Virtual Workers and the Global Labour Market
Editors
  • Juliet Webster
  • Keith Randle
Series Title
Dynamics of Virtual Work
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-47919-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-47919-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47918-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 279
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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