The Jobless Future: Sci-Tech and the Dogma of Work

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U of Minnesota Press, 1994 - Electronic books - 392 pages
The Jobless Future challenges beliefs in the utopian promise of a knowledge-based, high-technology economy. Reviewing a vast body of encouraging literature about the postindustrial age, Aronowitz and DiFazio conclude that neither theory, history, nor contemporary evidence warrants optimism about a technological economic order. Instead, they demonstrate the shift toward a massive displacement of employees at all levels and a large-scale degradation of the labor force. As they clearly chart a major change in the nature, scope, and amount of paid work, the authors suggest that notions of justice and the good life based on full employment must change radically as well. They close by proposing alternatives to our dying job culture that might help us sustain ourselves and our well-being in a science- and technology-based economic future. One alternative discussed is reducing the workday to fewer hours without reducing pay.
 

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Sociologists Aronowitz and DiFazio contend that scientific and technological advances have resulted in "too many workers for too few jobs, and even fewer of them are well paid." The authors proceed to ... Read full review

Contents

The New Knowledge Work
13
Technoculture and the Future of Work
57
The End of Skill?
81
The Computerized Engineer and Architect
104
The Professionalized Scientist
139
Contours of a New World
171
Contradictions of the Knowledge Class Power Proletarianization and Intellectuals
173
Unions and the Future of Professional Work
202
A Taxonomy of Teacher Work
226
Beyond the Catastrophe
265
The Cultural Construction of Class Knowledge and the Labor Process
267
Quantum Measures Capital Investment and Job Reduction
298
The Jobless Future?
328
Notes
359
Index
377
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