Post-Work: The Wages of Cybernation by Stanley Aronowitz (Ed.), Jonathan Cutler (Ed.) PDF

By Stanley Aronowitz (Ed.), Jonathan Cutler (Ed.)

ISBN-10: 0415917824

ISBN-13: 9780415917827

In "Post-Work," Stanley Aronowitz and Jonathan Cutler have accumulated essays from quite a few students to debate the dreary way forward for paintings. The advent, "The Post-Work Manifesto," offers the framework for a thorough reappraisal of labor and indicates another association of work. The provocative essays that persist with concentrate on particular concerns which are key to our reconceptualization of the thought and perform of labor, with insurance of the struggle for shorter hours, the connection among university and paintings, and the function of welfare, between others.

Armed with an interdisciplinary technique, "Post-Work" appears to be like past the rancorous debates round welfare politics and lays out the genuine resources of tension within the smooth place of work. the result's an providing of wish for the future—an replacement course for a cybernation, the place the potential for much less paintings for a greater lifestyle is feasible.

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None of these traditions of exclusion are presumed to be caused or maintained by the labor movement alone. The desire for "identity" and for membership in a community is not necessarily an effect of labor market strategies. However, there is a strategic logic which would lead a labor movement to support such exclusions. Therefore it is particularly confusing when observers are surprised by the record of the union movement with regard to struggles around issues of race, gender, immigration, etc.

According to a recent study by anthropologist Kathryn Newman, there are fourteen applicants for every McDonald's job in black and Latino neighborhoods. " Translation: a new form of parttime work with no benefits and job security has emerged. Some may have confidence that the American job machine can spit out low-paying jobs like popcorn. But most will choke on the hard kernel of desperation at the heart of our economy. We must look at the fact that of the millions of jobs created over the years of the Clinton presidency, at least half of them paid below the national average.

Take wages. Many of the new jobs pay as much or better than the $400 average weekly wage. But close to 60 percent pay sub-standard wages and salaries, and many of these jobs were at or slightly above the minimum wage. On a fortyhour basis, the 1996 federal minimum wage is $170 a week, far below the national average and nearly $150 less than the poverty wage for a family of four. 75 an hour the increase would still leave a $100 week deficit to reach the poverty wage and still amount to nearly $200 a week less than the average income per person.

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