Presentation on theme: "Political Economy of mobile technologies in everyday work and life Joan Greenbaum Professor Emerita City University of New York."— Presentation transcript:
Political Economy of mobile technologies in everyday work and life Joan Greenbaum Professor Emerita City University of New York
Now Professor Emerita::Graduate Center Environmental Psychology New Media Lab Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Co-Chair PSC-CUNY (AFT local 2334) Environmental & Occupational Health and Safety
Some history:: personal and political In the Name of Efficiency (79) Braverman plus standardization of computer workers Simplification Standardization Substitution Separation Severance & resistance
Participatory Design 1991 An admission & confession Design Production Worker-oriented computer system development
Labor process 1994 & 2004 Standardization of knowledge work & Labor embedded in Software in IT & the internet
Some take away messages Taylors separation of head and hands + Bravermans analysis of labor process + Standardization of services as commodities + Standardization of software, firmware + Deregulation + Culture of capitalism = Work place Pay time Work relations employment relations
Severed labor::digital squatters The practice of everyday life without formal employment… A place to be A place to meet A place to share Meaning making
Out of the workplace Im working on… – Grant writing – Composing – School applications – Job applications – Getting a job – Researching jobs – Writing a book – Taking a meeting – …
Internalized controls and responses CONTROL Embedded bureaucratic management in mind and body Time deadlines Pressure Expectations routine REPONSES Appropriating place(s) stealing work time Clothing choices No commuting Attempts to balance dry cleaning and childcare Social networks
Political economy of mobile technologies The TriadMobile phone Laptop/ipad Ear buds/ipod Software/hardware/firmwa re with embedded labor relations & controls
Production of mobile technologies Monopolistic corporate control Subcontracting/outsourcing production Unsafe, very low wage labor conditions Unsafe, very low wage mining conditions – Lead, cadmium, beryllium, PCBs, PVCs Unsafe, e-waste disposal
Production of software & firmware Monopolistic control of production/price Outsourced labor processes Separation of code from content Separation of design from content Buyout of small shops into large firms (99 & now) Some bifurcation of labor processes (until larger controls get put in place)
What? Whats SKILL got to do with it? COMPETENCE is just another word for nothing left to loose Where have all the KNOWLEDGE WORKERS gone?.....
Some selected (non labor process) references De Certau, M. The practice of everyday life, 1984 Havey, D. The enigma of capital, 2011 Latour, B. Reassembling the Social, 2005 McCarthy J. & Wright, P. Technology as Experience, 2004 Low, S. & Altman, Place Attachments, 1992 Suchman, L. Human-Machine reconfigurations, 2007 Tuan, Y.F., Space and place, 1977 Urry, J.Mobilities, 2007 Yates, M. Naming the system, 2003
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