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Uncovering labour in information revolutions, 1750-2000 /
edited by Aad Blok and Greg Downey.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, [2003]
description
261 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0521543533 (pbk.)
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, [2003]
isbn
0521543533 (pbk.)
contents note
Introduction / Aad Blok -- Hands and minds: clerical work in the first "information society" / Eve Rosenhaft -- India's first virtual community and the telegraph general strike of 1908 / Deep Kanta Lahiri Choudhury -- Perpetually laborious: computing electric power transmission before the electric computer / Aristotle Tympas -- Breaking the buffalo: the transformation of stevedoring work in Durban between 1970 and 1990 / Bernard Dubbeld -- Compressing time and constraining space: the contradictory effects of ICT and containerization on international shipping labour / Helen Sampson and Bin Wu -- Letting the "computer boys" take over: technology and the politics of organizational transformation / Nathan L. Ensmenger -- "Computers in the wild": guilds and next-generation unionism in the information revolution / Chris Benner -- Emerging sources of labor on the Internet: the case of America Online volunteers / Hector Postigo -- Commentary: the place of labor in the history of information-technology revolutions / Greg Downey.
catalogue key
5896252
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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’What is fascinating in these accounts is the light they shed on how the identities which result are shaped by the interplay between coercion and resistance, initiative and inertia; how the employers' ad hoc demands for particular discrete skills and competencies are countered by workers' aspirations for coherently demarcated occupations which provide personal identity, development, and status; and how these in turn are shaped by specific histories and geographies … such discussions could not be more timely.’International Review of Social History
'What is fascinating in these accounts is the light they shed on how the identities which result are shaped by the interplay between coercion and resistance, initiative and inertia; how the employers' ad hoc demands for particular discrete skills and competencies are countered by workers' aspirations for coherently demarcated occupations which provide personal identity, development, and status; and how these in turn are shaped by specific histories and geographies ... such discussions could not be more timely.' International Review of Social History
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Summaries
Description for Library
Discussion of the current Information Revolution tends to focus on technological developments in information and communication and overlooks both the human labour involved in the development, maintenance and daily use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), and the consequences of the implementation of these ICTs for the position and divisions of labour. This volume aims to redress this imbalance by exploring the role, position and divisions of information and communication labour in the broadest sense through periods of revolutionary technological change.
Description for Bookstore
This volume explores the role, position and divisions of information and communication labour through periods of revolutionary technological change. Contributions range from eighteenth-century German clerical work, through Indian telegraph workers' actions in 1908 to the role of volunteer work in the early development of the World Wide Web.
Main Description
Discussion of the current Information Revolution tends to focus on technological developments in information and communication and overlooks both the human labor involved in the development, maintenance and daily use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), and the consequences of implementing these ICTs. This volume corrects this imbalance by exploring the role, position and divisions of information and communication labor through periods of revolutionary technological change.
Main Description
Discussion of the current Information Revolution tends to focus on technological developments in information and communication and overlooks both the human labour involved in the development, maintenance and daily use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), and the consequences of the implementation of these ICTs for the position and divisions of labour. This volume aims to redress this imbalance by exploring the role, position and divisions of information and communication labour in the broadest sense through periods of revolutionary technological change. The contributions range from eighteenth-century German clerical work, through Indian telegraph workers' actions in 1908, computing labour in early twentieth-century US electrical engineering, the impact of containerization and ICT on South-African stevedores and international seafarers, to the development of the computer programmer, labour organization in Silicon Valley, and the role of volunteer work in the early development of the World Wide Web.
Table of Contents
Introduction Aad Blok and Greg Downey
Hands and Minds: Clerical Work in the First æInformation SocietyÆ
IndiaÆs First Virtual Community and the Telegraph General Strike of 1908
Perpetually Laborious: Computing Electric Power Transmission Before the Electronic Computer
Breaking the Buffalo: The Transformation of Stevedoring Work in Durban between 1970 and 1990
Compressing Time and Constraining Space: The Contradictory Effects of ICT and Containerisation on International Shipping Labour
Letting the æComputer BoysÆ Take Over: Technology and the Politics of Organizational Transformation
'Computers in the WildÆ: Guilds and Next Generation Unionism in the Information Revolution
Emerging Sources of Labor on the Internet: The Case of America Online Volunteers
The Place of Labor in the History of Information Technology Revolutions
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