Volume 1 No 2

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Defragmenting: towards a critical understanding of the new global division of labour

New information and communications technologies can shift work seamlessly around the globe, opening up a bewildering range of new choices in who does what work, where, when and how. As value chains get ever longer and more elaborate, work becomes more fragmented and less stable and skills and processes are transformed.

How can we make ense of these changes? And what are the implications for regions and workers around the world?

Contents

Defragmenting: towards a critical understanding of the new global division of labour
by Ursula Huws

Conceptualising globalisation: fossil energy, global finance and the labour market
by Elmar Altvater

Capitalist flattening or flattening capitalism? Class forces and political choices in the global knowledge economy
by David Coates

The emergence of EMERGENCE: the challenge of designing research on the new international division of labour
by  Ursula Huws

Network economy or just a new breed of multinationals? relocation of eWork as a window to the restructuring of value chains
by Jörg Flecker

Catching a butterfly? Mapping eWork in Europe and Australia
by Peter Standen

Navigating the seamless environment in the global supply chain
by Penny Gurstein

Regions and firms in eWork relocation dynamics: Pittsburgh’s call centre industry
by Chris Benner

Smart City North: economic and labour force impacts of call centres in Sudbury, Ontario
by Laura Schatz and Laura Johnson

Global Forces and National Institutions: call centre work in Colombia
by Anita Weiss

Behind the Screens: telemediated work in the Canadian public sector
by Norene Pupo

Workers’ knowledge in the ‘knowledge society’: Voices from the South
by Sujata Gothoskar

Productive restructuring and labour: the auto industry in Brazil
by Marcia Leite

The nexus of informatisation and internationalisation: a new stage in the internationalisation of labour
by Andreas Boes and Tobias Kampf

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