Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life And Labor In Precarious Times (nyu Series In Social And Cultural Analysis)
ISBN : 0814776299
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2009 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
Is job insecurity the new norm? With fewer and fewer people working in steady, long-term positions for one employer, has the dream of a secure job with full benefits and a decent salary become just thatâ€”a dream?
In Nice Work If You Can Get It, Andrew Ross surveys the new topography of the global workplace and finds an emerging pattern of labor instability and uneven development on a massive scale. Combining detailed case studies with lucid analysis and graphic prose, he looks at what the new landscape of contingent employment means for workers across national, class, and racial linesâ€”from the emerging â€œcreative classâ€ of high-wage professionals to the multitudes of temporary, migrant, or low-wage workers. Developing the idea of â€œprecarious livelihoodsâ€ to describe this new world of work and life, Ross explores what it means in developed nationsâ€”comparing the creative industry policies of the United States, United Kingdom, and European Union, as well as developing countriesâ€”by examining the quickfire transformation of Chinaâ€™s labor market. He also responds to the challenge of sustainability, assessing the promise of â€œgreen jobsâ€ through restorative alliances between labor advocates and environmentalists.
Ross argues that regardless of oneâ€™s views on labor rights, globalization, and quality of life, this new precarious and â€œindefinite life,&â€ and the pitfalls and opportunities that accompany it is likely here to stay and must be addressed in a systematic way. A more equitable kind of knowledge society emerges in these pagesâ€”less skewed toward flexploitation and the speculative beneficiaries of intellectual property, and more in tune with ideals and practices that are fair, just, and renewable.
Author : Andrew Ross
ISBN : 0814776299
Language : English
No of Pages : 272
Edition : First Edition, 1st Printing
Publication Date : 4/1/2009
Format/Binding : Hardcover
Book dimensions : 9.1x6.3x1
Book weight : 0.01
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