Despotism on demand : how power operates in the flexible workplace (Book, 2020) [WorldCat.org]
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Despotism on demand : how power operates in the flexible workplace

Author: Alex J Wood
Publisher: Ithaca : ILR Press, an imprint of Cornell University Press, 2020.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Despotism on Demand draws attention to the impact of flexible scheduling on managerial power and workplace control. When we understand paid work as a power relationship, argues Alex J. Wood, we see how the spread of precarious scheduling constitutes flexible despotism; a novel regime of control within the workplace. Wood believes that flexible despotism represents a new domain of inequality, in which the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alex J Wood
ISBN: 9781501748875 1501748874 9781501748882 1501748882
OCLC Number: 1156372407
Description: ix, 192 pages : illustration ; 24 cm.
Contents: Internal states in the UK --
Internal states in the U.S. --
Despotic time in the UK : overcoming hegemonic constraints --
Despotic time in the U.S. : undermining worker organization --
The dynamics of work and scheduling gifts --
Limits of control and spaces of resistance --
Conclusions : control in the 21st century.
Responsibility: Alex J. Wood.

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Despotism on Demand draws attention to the impact of flexible scheduling on managerial power and workplace control. When we understand paid work as a power relationship, argues Alex J. Wood, we see how the spread of precarious scheduling constitutes flexible despotism; a novel regime of control within the workplace. Wood believes that flexible despotism represents a new domain of inequality, in which the postindustrial working class increasingly suffers a scheduling nightmare. By investigating two of the largest retailers in the world he uncovers how control in the contemporary "flexible firm" is achieved through the insidious combination of "flexible discipline" and "schedule gifts." Flexible discipline provides managers with an arbitrary means by which to punish workers, but flexible scheduling also requires workers to actively win favor with managers in order to receive "schedule gifts": more or better hours. Wood concludes that the centrality of precarious scheduling to control means that for those at the bottom of the postindustrial labor market the future of work will increasingly be one of flexible despotism.

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"Despotism on Demand comes with the well-deserved praise of two seminal scholars in the field of industrial sociology. Wood presents an exquisite study of today's flexible workplace." * The Marx and Read more...

 
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