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Stanley Aronowitz and William DiFazio

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816674510

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816674510.001.0001

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The New Knowledge Work

The New Knowledge Work

Chapter:
(p.13) Chapter 1 The New Knowledge Work
Source:
The Jobless Future
Author(s):

Stanley Aronowitz

William DiFazio

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816674510.003.0002

This chapter argues that the Western dream of upward mobility has been destroyed because the scientific-technological revolution has fundamentally altered the forms of work, skill, and occupation. Today, knowledge rather than traditional skill is the main productive force. Knowledge becomes interconnected with and dependent on technology, and even so-called labor-intensive work becomes increasingly mechanized and begins to be replaced by capital- and technology-intensive work—capitech-intensive work. The tendency of science to dominate the labor process signals an entirely new regime of work in which almost no production skills are required, thus eliminating the worker.

Keywords:   scientific-technological revolution, knowledge, technology, capitech-intensive work, labor process

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