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Uncovering Labour in Information Revolutions, 1750–2000

Uncovering Labour in Information Revolutions, 1750–2000

Volume 11

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Part of International Review of Social History Supplements

  • Editors:
  • Aad Blok, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam
  • Greg Downey, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Aad Blok, Greg Downey, Eve Rosenhaft, Deep Kanta Lahiri Choudhury, Aristotle Tympas, Bernard Dubbeld, Helen Sampson, Bin Wu, Nathan L. Ensmenger, Chris Benner, Hector Postigo
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  • Date Published: January 2004
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521543538

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  • 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.

    • Looks at the human labour involved in the development and maintenance of ICTs
    • Unique in exploring the role of information and communication labour through periods of technological change in its broadest sense
    • Contributions range from eighteenth-century Germany to the development of the World Wide Web in the 1980s
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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

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    • Date Published: January 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521543538
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 17 x 153 mm
    • weight: 0.463kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Aad Blok and Greg Downey
    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 Electronic 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 Containerisation 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
    The Place of Labor in the History of Information Technology Revolutions Greg Downey.

  • Editors

    Aad Blok, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam

    Greg Downey, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Contributors

    Aad Blok, Greg Downey, Eve Rosenhaft, Deep Kanta Lahiri Choudhury, Aristotle Tympas, Bernard Dubbeld, Helen Sampson, Bin Wu, Nathan L. Ensmenger, Chris Benner, Hector Postigo

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