Dynamics of Virtual Work

Technologies of Labour and the Politics of Contradiction

Editors: Bilić, Paško, Primorac, Jaka, Valtýsson, Bjarki (Eds.)

  • Focuses on the intersections between digital technology, labour and politicsIllustrates the ways in which diverging visions of technology bring to attention an underlying politics of contradiction
  • Examines  how digital technics are embedded in our society and how they alter the contexts, organizations, practices and routines of human work, work-life balance and labour
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About this book

This book is situated in the nexus between technology, labour and politics. It focuses on contradictions as heuristic devices that uncover struggles, frictions and ambiguities of digitalization in work and labour environments. Topics include contradictions in automation, internet platforms, digital practices, creative industries, communication industries, human interaction, democratic participation and regulation. Three cross-cutting themes can be identified within the diverse chapters represented in the book. First, many authors argue that labour and economic valorisation occur outside of the traditional concept of working space and time. Second, digital technology is not fixed under capital. It is malleable and mouldable. Third, many political tensions are occurring without organized awareness or dissent. The book will, therefore, be of interest to researchers and students in the fields of sociology of work, media studies, cultural studies, gender studies, science and technology studies and Critical Theory as well as to trade-unionists and policy makers.

About the authors

Paško Bilić is a Research Associate at the Department for Culture and Communication, Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) in Zagreb, Croatia

Jaka Primorac is Senior Research Associate at the Department for Culture and Communication, Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), Zagreb, Croati

Bjarki Valtysson is Associate Professor at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark

Reviews

“What distinguishes this collection is its thematisation of the contradictions attending computerized and networked labour. This seems to suggest an orientation towards contestations, complications, paradoxes and ambivalences that might have been flattened out or neglected in partisan polemics. As such, it could mark a ‘maturing’ of the digital labour debates, and as such is to be welcomed.” (Nick Dyer-Witheford, University of Western Ontario, Canada)

“In a world dominated by social media, widespread algorithmic direction of human activities, and, imminently, sweeping robotisation, this empirically wide-ranging analysis of the labour-technology relationship could not be more timely or pressing.” (Juliet Webster, Work & Equality Research, UK)

“Technologies of Labour and the Politics of Contradiction provides an excellent contribution to current debates in the trend toward labour capture in digitalized environments. Bilić, Primorac and Valtysson have gathered several extremely important case studies and theoretical interventions, bringing to light a range of worrying contradictions and volatility of labour markets where the future is yet undetermined, where artificial intelligence hints toward barbarism and extreme working conditions are hidden behind black box mythologies.” (Phoebe V Moore, Leicester University Business School, UK)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Technology, Labour and Politics in the 21st Century: Old Struggles in New Clothing

    Bilić, Paško (et al.)

    Pages 1-16

  • Industry 4.0: Robotics and Contradictions

    Pfeiffer, Sabine

    Pages 19-36

  • From Ford to Facebook: Time and Technologies of Work

    Fisher, Eran

    Pages 37-55

  • The Production of Algorithms and the Cultural Politics of Web Search

    Bilić, Paško

    Pages 57-76

  • Algorithms, Dashboards and Datafication: A Critical Evaluation of Social Media Monitoring

    Furman, Ivo

    Pages 77-95

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-76278-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Technologies of Labour and the Politics of Contradiction
Editors
  • Paško Bilić
  • Jaka Primorac
  • Bjarki Valtýsson
Series Title
Dynamics of Virtual Work
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-76279-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-76279-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-76278-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 296
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations
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