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Automation Will Create More Jobs, But Most Will Be Shit

See Novara for the original. In 2013, the academics Carl Frey and Michael Osbourne predicted that up to 47% of American jobs were at high risk of automation over the next two decades. Their paper provoked automation hysteria, reflected in pronouncements of the “second machine age”, “fourth industrial revolution” and “industry 4.0”. Seven years on, the reality […]

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Platform Capitalism and the Value Form

Image Credit Chris Koch Reposted from Salvage Quarterly According to the speculations of techno-futurologists, left and right, the machines are here to liberate us. Most of the discourse is dominated by the neoliberal right such as Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee and Andrew Haldane, chief economist of the Bank of England. Their arguments, avoiding questions […]

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A Note on Fieldwork

A key element of the fieldwork involves the contrasting narratives of management and workers with regard to conflict and cooperation in the workplace. Through exploring contrasting accounts between workers and mangers at the sectorial level, I will be able to articulate the politics of ‘service’ production in the workplace. From the data, I hope to be […]

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A research agenda for Marxian conceptions of value and the political economy of ‘service’ work

Currently, there is resurgence in scholarship on Marxian conceptions of value. However, much of the discourse has remained within the realms of heterodox economics, political economy, and philosophy. I would like to set out a new line of inquiry, which shifts the aims of this research from the abstract and quantitative toward the concrete and qualitative. Following this line, we will investigate aspects […]

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My research: ‘The Politics of Service Production’

My research aims to investigate the politics of service production in the UK hotel sector through exploring experiences of work, specifically with regard to labour processes and management. As service industries have come to dominate many advanced economies, studies of work have increasingly moved toward the areas of health, finance, and education. However, with few exceptions, […]