Nice Work If You Can Get It

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  • Copyright: 2010-10-03
  • Publisher: New York Univ Pr

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2009ChoiceOutstanding Academic TitleIs job insecurity the new norm? With fewer and fewer people working in steady, long-term positions for one employer, has the dream of a secure job with full benefits and a decent salary become just that - a dream? InNice Work If You Can Get It, Andrew Ross surveys the new topography of the global workplace and finds an emerging pattern of labour instability and uneven development on a massive scale. Combining detailed case studies with lucid analysis and graphic prose, he looks at what the new landscape of contingent employment means for workers across national, class, and racial lines - from the emerging "creative class" of high-wage professionals to the multitudes of temporary, migrant, or low-wage workers. Developing the idea of "precarious livelihoods" to describe this new world of work and life, Ross explores what it means in developed nations - comparing the creative industry policies of the United States, United Kingdom, and European Union, as well as developing countries - by examining the swift transformation of China's labour market. He also responds to the challenge of sustainability, assessing the promise of "green jobs" through restorative alliances between labour advocates and environmentalists. Ross argues that regardless of one's views on labour rights, globalization, and quality of life, this new precarious and "indefinite life", and the pitfalls and opportunities that accompany it is likely to be here to stay and must be addressed in a systematic way. A more equitable kind of knowledge society emerges in these pages - less skewed toward flexploitation and the speculative beneficiaries of intellectual property, and more in tune with ideals and practices that are fair, just, and renewable.

Author Biography

Andrew Ross is Professor of American Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including No-Collar, Fast Boat to China, No Respect, Strange Weather, and, from NYU Press, Anti-Americanism and Real Love.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Creative Workers And Rent-Seeking
The Mercurial Career of Creative Industries Policymaking in the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the United Statesp. 15
China's Next Cultural Revolution?p. 53
The Olympic Goose That Lays the Golden Eggp. 77
Sustainability and the Ground Staff
Teamsters, Turtles, and Tainted Toysp. 105
Learning from San Ysidrop. 131
Instruments of Knowledge Capitalism
The Copyfight over Intellectual Propertyp. 161
The Rise of the Global Universityp. 189
Conclusion: Maps and Chartersp. 207
Notesp. 215
Referencesp. 219
Indexp. 245
About the Authorp. 264
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