Labour in the Internet Age

Editor: Ursula Huws, Professor of Labour and Globalisation, University of Hertfordshire

Volume 7 , Number 1, (Autumn 2013) of the international interdisciplinary peer reviewed journal:
Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation

It is often argued that 'digital labour' or 'virtual work' is fundamentally different from traditional forms of labour carried out offline, with 'work' and 'play' collapsed together to become 'playbour' and new forms of value creation that do not fit traditional economic models. But however 'immaterial' their labour processes, workers still have bodies that become exhausted and require feeding and housing in the 'real' economy.
Drawing on theoretical and empirical research, this collection takes a critical look at how online work can be theorised and categorised (including revisiting concepts of 'deskilling' developed in the 1970s). It also analyses how the development of online work has meshed with broader trends in organisational restructuring to erode traditional employment norms and models of behaviour at work and placing new stresses on offline daily life.

Working online, living offline: labour in the Internet Age, by Ursula Huws
Web, value and labour, by Sabine Pfeiffer
Towards a taxonomy of virtual work, by Kaire Holts
Distance learning and the transformation of working conditions in teaching: ICTs and the commodification of education in Brazil, by Simone Wolff and Sergio Antunes de Almeida
Forced to go virtual?: Distributed cooperation of small software firms, by Annika Schönauer, Ruth Kasper, Jörg Flecker and Ursula Holtgrewe
IT firms' working time (de)regulation model: a by-product of risk management strategy and project-based work management, by Marie-Josée Legault
'A science to it': flexible time and flexible subjectivity in the digital workplace, by Frederick Pitts
Labour relations and globalisation: an analysis of ethical dilemmas from 'Le Couperet', by Fábio Francisco de Araujo and Patrícia Amélia Tomei
Automating amateurs in the 3D printing community: connecting the dots between 'deskilling' and 'user- friendliness', by Johan Söderberg

Review Articles
Eran Fisher - Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Away from Democracy by Robert W. McChesney
Bryan Evans - Review of recent books on commodification of public services

approx. 180 pages, 230 x 155 mm.
ISBN. 978-0-85036-616-7