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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 work
  • Draws from original empirical research engaging with existing and emerging fields of social enquiry
  • Discusses the occurrence of surveillance and new forms of measure of work in a range of industries
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About this book

This edited 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; call centre workers in India experience invasive tracking; warehouse workers discover that hidden data has been used for layoffs; and academic researchers see their labour obscured by a ‘data foam’ that does not benefit them. These cases are couched in 

historical

accounts of identity and selfhood experiments seen in the Hawthorne experiments and the lineage of automation. This book 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 V. 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.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Humans and Machines at Work: Monitoring, Surveillance and Automation in Contemporary Capitalism

    Moore, Phoebe V. (et al.)

    Pages 1-16

  • Digitalisation of Work and Resistance

    Moore, Phoebe V. (et al.)

    Pages 17-44

  • Deep Automation and the World of Work

    Upchurch, Martin (et al.)

    Pages 45-71

  • There Is Only One Thing in Life Worse Than Being Watched, and that Is not Being Watched: Digital Data Analytics and the Reorganisation of Newspaper Production

    Whittaker, Xanthe

    Pages 73-99

  • The Electronic Monitoring of Care Work—The Redefinition of Paid Working Time

    Moore, Sian (et al.)

    Pages 101-124

Buy this book

eBook £71.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-58232-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £89.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-58231-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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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
2018
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
XVI, 260
Number of Illustrations
2 illustrations in colour
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