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Information society, task mobility and the end of work.

May, Christopher (2000) Information society, task mobility and the end of work. Futures, 32 (5). pp. 399-416.

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Abstract

The emergence of a global information society has led to a decline of manufacturing employment and the expansion of the service sector in the most developed economies of the global system. To replace lost manufacturing jobs, many commentators and policy makers have suggested that information and knowledge work represents the future for displaced workers, and have recommended policies to support IT skills. However, in this article I argue that informational labour is just as amenable to task migration as manufacturing work, and thus policy prescriptions based on the presumption that developed states will retain most if not all knowledge work are mistaken. Some developing states such as India and the Caribbean Islands are already successfully competing against knowledge services in the OECD states. With the further development of global electronic networking informational tasks are likely to be increasingly mobile. While this will aid development outside the rich states, it will also reinforce the dynamic of income inequality and under-employment in Europe and America. Thus, the global information society represents a further challenge to the developed states' labour forces rather than their delivery from low cost manufacturing competition.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Futures
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 35560
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 24 Jan 2011 11:02
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:53
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/35560

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