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Dynamics of Virtual Work

Humans and Machines at Work

Monitoring, Surveillance and Automation in Contemporary Capitalism

Editors: Moore, Phoebe, Upchurch, Martin, Whittaker, Xanthe (Eds.)

  • Examines how new forms of surveillance are being adopted into contemporary workDraws from original empirical research engaging with existing and emerging fields of social enquiryDiscusses the occurrence of surveillance and new forms of measure of work in a range of industries

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About this book

In the era of the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution, we increasingly work with machines in both cognitive and manual workplaces. This collection provides a series of accounts of workers’ local experiences that reflect the ubiquity of work’s digitalisation. Precarious gig economy workers ride bikes and drive taxis in China and Britain; domestic workers’ timekeeping and movements are documented; call centre workers in India experience invasive tracking but creative forms of worker subversion are evident; warehouse workers discover that hidden data has been used for layoffs; academic researchers see their labour obscured by a ‘data foam’ that does not benefit them; and journalists suffer the algorithmic curse. These cases are couched in historical accounts of identity and selfhood experiments seen in the Hawthorne experiments and the lineage of automation.

This collection will appeal to scholars in the Sociology of Work and Digital Labour Studies and anyone interested in learning about monitoring and surveillance, automation, the gig economy and the quantified self in the workplace.

About the authors

Phoebe Moore works at Middlesex University London. She is an internationally known researcher and lecturer who writes about labour, technology and global governance. 

Martin Upchurch is Professor of International Employment Relations at Middlesex University London. He has published more than 40 articles in the field of labour studies and industrial relations.

Xanthe Whittaker is a post-graduate student in the School of Management at the University of Leicester. Her doctoral research is an ethnographic study of digital journalism in the UK and her research interests include the digitalisation of work, atypical work, and labour process analysis.

Buy this book

eBook £52.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • Due: August 20, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-58232-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover £66.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • Due: August 20, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-58231-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Humans and Machines at Work
Book Subtitle
Monitoring, Surveillance and Automation in Contemporary Capitalism
Editors
  • Phoebe Moore
  • Martin Upchurch
  • Xanthe Whittaker
Series Title
Dynamics of Virtual Work
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-58232-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-58232-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-58231-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 301
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