Labor In The Global Digital Economy.
Labor In The Global Digital Economy
Monthly Review Press
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9781583674642, $75.00 (HC), 240pp, www.amazon.com
The term "digital economy" refers to an economy that is based on digital technologies. The digital economy is also sometimes called the Internet Economy, the New Economy, or Web Economy. Increasingly, the "digital economy" is intertwined with the traditional economy making a clear delineation harder. We live in an increasingly digital world. In "Labor In The Global Digital Economy", Ursula Huws (Professor of Labour and Globalisation, University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom) ties together disparate economic, cultural, and political phenomena of the last few decades to form a provocative narrative about the shape of the global capitalist economy at present through seven informed and informative essays. She examines the way that advanced information and communications technology has opened up new fields of capital accumulation: in culture and the arts, in the privatization of public services, and in the commodification of human sociality by way of mobile devices and social networking. These trends are in turn accompanied by the dramatic restructuring of work arrangements, opening the way for new contradictions and new forms of labor solidarity and struggle around the planet. "Labor in the Global Digital Economy" is a forceful critique of our dizzying contemporary moment, one that goes beyond notions of mere connectedness or free-flowing information to illuminate the entrenched mechanisms of exploitation and control at the core of capitalism. Exceptionally well written and presented, "Labor In The Global Digital Economy" is an extraordinary body of commentary and highly recommended for community and academic library collections. It should be noted that "Labor In The Global Digital Economy" is also available in a paperback edition (9781583674635, $19.00) and a Kindle edition ($9.99).