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Dynamics of Virtual Work

Labour in Contemporary Capitalism

What Next?

Authors: Huws, Ursula

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  • Provides a fully integrated sociological, political, economic and gendered analysis of virtual work
  • Presents a broad-ranging and interdisciplinary overview of the latest developments in digital and virtual labour 
  • Links developments in the sphere of production to those in the spheres of consumption and reproduction, as well as drawing out the policy implications for virtual work 
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About this book

In this long-awaited book, Ursula Huws brings together the results of decades of prescient research on labour market transformation to provide an authoritative overview of the impacts of technological, economic, social and political change on working life in the 21st century.


Placing current upheavals in global labour markets firmly in their historical context, she debunks myths about the impacts of artificial intelligence on labour, pointing to the processes whereby new employment is created, as well as old jobs destroyed, while never underestimating the contradictory impacts of digitalisation on work organisation, resistance, adaption and innovation.


This book is underpinned by a clear conceptual framework, that analyses the dynamics of the restructuring of capitalism and labour, taking full account of unpaid social reproductive work, and integrating a feminist analysis whilst also pointing to new forms of commodification that will shape the future. Labour in Contemporary Capitalism will be an invaluable resource and point of reference for students and scholars studying the sociology of labour, economic structures, technology, and globalisation.  

About the authors

Ursula Huws is Professor of Labour and Globalisation at the University of Hertfordshire, UK.

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“Drawing on decades of research, including statistical analysis, surveys, case studies and numerous interviews, Labour in Contemporary Capitalism: What next? traces the interaction of technological change with capital and labour from the industrial revolution to the most recent digital technologies and online platforms. A very useful typology of labour enables the author to examine transformations in every facet of life, including reproductive and creative labour. A must-read for anyone interested in the future of work!” (Rohini Hensman is an independent scholar, activist and author, her most recent book being Indefensible: Democracy, Counterrevolution and the Rhetoric of Anti-Imperialism (2018))

 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook £35.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-52042-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £54.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-52040-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Labour in Contemporary Capitalism
Book Subtitle
What Next?
Authors
Series Title
Dynamics of Virtual Work
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52042-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-52042-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-52040-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 188
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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