Interrogating the New Economy: Restructuring Work in the 21st Century

Interrogating the New Economy: Restructuring Work in the 21st Century

By: Mark Thomas (editor), Norene Pupo (editor)Paperback

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This collection of original essays investigates the social, political, and economic transformations associated with the emergence of the so-called new economy, and their impact on the organization of work within Canada. Essays in the book discuss the ways in which new management strategies, new communication technologies, and efforts to revitalize the labour movement have transformed the Canadian workplace. Focusing on changes in work organization, individuals' expectations regarding work, and the institutional support provided for workers and their families, the text constructs a critical analysis of the "new economy" in order to identify both the potential for quality work experiences and the ways in which the organization of work remains a profound social problem.

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About Author

Norene J. Pupo is Director of the Centre for Research on Work and Society (CRWS) at York University. She is the author of many books on the sociology of work, including The Part-Time Paradox (McClelland & Stewart, 1992) and Few Choices: Women, Work and Family (Garamond, 1989). Mark P. Thomas is Associate Professor of Sociology at York University. He is the author of Regulating Flexibility: The Political Economy of Employment Standards (McGill-Queen's, 2009).

Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction: Work in the New Economy: Critical Reflections, Norene Pupo and Mark Thomas Part I. Changing Structures and Processes in the New Economy 1. The "New Economy" and Capitalism Today, Greg Albo 2. Work, Welfare, and the New Economy: The Commodification of Everything, Dave Broad and Garson Hunter 3. Restructuring Work and Labour Markets in the New Economy: Four Processes, Wallace Clement, Sophie Mathieu, Steven Prus, and Emre Uckardesler 4. Global Restructuring of Value Chains and Class Issues, Ursula Huws and Simone Dahlmann Part II. Transformations in Work and Labour Processes 5. Labour Casualization in the Public Sector, Jane Stinson 6. Dialling for Service: Transforming the Public-Sector Workplace in Canada, Norene Pupo and Andrea Noack 7. Student Workers and the "New Economy" of Mid-Sized Cities: The Cases of Peterborough and Kingston, Ontario, Steven Tufts and John Holmes 8. Labour Migration and Temporary Work: Canada's Foreign Worker Programs in the "New Economy," Mark Thomas 9. Scripting Taste, Marking Distinction: Wine Tourism and Post-Fordist Restructuring in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Luis L.M. Aguiar and Tina Marten 10. Regeneration among Coal-Mining Communities in Canada and UK: The Role of Culture, Larry Haiven Part III. Unions and Forms of Resistance 11. Militancy and Resistance in the New Economy, Linda Briskin 12. Labour Fragmentation and New Forms of Organizing and Bargaining in the Service Sector, Dale Clark and Rosemary Warskett Glossary of Terms Notes on Contributors References

Product Details

  • publication date: 21/12/2009
  • ISBN13: 9781442600553
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9781442600553
  • weight: 440
  • ISBN10: 1442600551

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