Uberworked and underpaid : how workers are disrupting the digital economy /
Trebor Scholz.
imprint
Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity Press, 2017.
description
x, 242 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN
0745653561, 074565357X, 9780745653563, 9780745653570
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imprint
Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity Press, 2017.
isbn
0745653561
074565357X
9780745653563
9780745653570
contents note
Introduction: Why Digital Labor Now? -- Part I -- 1. Wage Labor and the End of Employment -- 2: Playbor and Other Unpaid Pursuits -- 3. Vocabulary -- 4. Crowd Fleecing -- Part II -- 5. Legal Gray Zones -- 6. On Selective Engagement -- 7. The Rise of Platform Cooperativism -- Epilogue.
abstract
'This book is about the rise of digital labor. Companies like Uber and Amazon Mechanical Turk promise autonomy, choice, and flexibility. One of network culture's toughest critics, Trebor Scholz chronicles the work of workers in the "sharing economy," and the free labor on sites like Facebook, to take these myths apart. In this rich, accessible, and provocative book, Scholz exposes the uncaring reality of contingent digital work, which is thriving at the expense of employment and worker rights. The book is meant to inspire readers to join the growing number of worker-owned "platform cooperatives," rethink unions, and build a better future of work. A call to action, loud and clear, Uberworked and Underpaid shows that it is time to stop wage theft and "crowd fleecing," rethink wealth distribution, and address the urgent question of how digital labor should be regulated and how workers from Berlin, Barcelona, Seattle, and São Paulo can act in solidarity to defend their rights."--Publisher's website.
catalogue key
10667807
 
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