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Call centers and the global division of labor : a political economy of post-industrial employment and union organizing

Author: Andrew J R Stevens
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, 2014.
Series: Routledge advances in sociology, 120.
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"Call centers have come in the last three decades to define the interaction between corporations, governments, and other institutions and their respective customers, citizens, and members. The offshoring and outsourcing of call center employment, part of the larger information technology and information-technology-enabled services sectors, continues to be a growing practice amongst governments and corporations in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2013027778
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew J R Stevens
ISBN: 113511868X 9781135118686 1306538963 9781306538961 9780203075173 020307517X
OCLC Number: 875239373
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 220 pages .).
Contents: Cover; Call Centers and the Global Divisionof Labor; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of Figures; Acknowledgments; 1 Introduction; 2 The Globalization of Knowledge Work; 3 The Political Economy of Offshoring; 4 The Global Division of Call Center Work; 5 India: Labor Organizing Offshore; 6 Centers of Steel; 7 Global Division of Knowledge Labor, Global Unionism; 8 Conclusion; Notes; References; Index.
Series Title: Routledge advances in sociology, 120.
Responsibility: Andrew J.R. Stevens.

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"Call centers have come in the last three decades to define the interaction between corporations, governments, and other institutions and their respective customers, citizens, and members. The offshoring and outsourcing of call center employment, part of the larger information technology and information-technology-enabled services sectors, continues to be a growing practice amongst governments and corporations in their attempts at controlling costs and providing new services. While incredible advances in technology have permitted the use of distant and "offshore" labor forces, the grander reshaping of an international political economy of communications has allowed for the acceleration of these processes. New and established labor unions have responded to these changes in the global regimes of work by seeking to organize call center workers. These efforts have been assisted by a range of forces, not least of which is the condition of work itself, but also attempts by global union federations to build a bridge between international unionism and local organizing campaigns in the Global South and Global North. Through an examination of trade union interventions in the call center industries located in Canada and India, this book contributes to research on post-industrial employment by using political economy as a juncture between development studies, the sociology of work, and labor studies"--

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