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The Jobless FutureSecond Edition$
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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 End of Skill?

The End of Skill?

Chapter:
(p.81) Chapter 3 The End of Skill?
Source:
The Jobless Future
Author(s):

Stanley Aronowitz

William DiFazio

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816674510.003.0004

This chapter assesses the implications of the computer and its applications for the present and future of work. Cybernetics is the most widely applied current means by which labor is being progressively freed from the industrial, commercial, and professional workplace. In American Marxist Harry Braverman’s view, all workers are degraded in the capitalist labor process. As capitalism developed to its monopoly stage, it started a continuous assault on the knowledge of skilled workers by deskilling—separating them from the knowledge of craft that gave them power. Deskilling results in the recomposition of the workforce called displacement, in which less-skilled and low-wage workers replace more-skilled and high-wage workers.

Keywords:   computer, Cybernetics, labor, Harry Braverman, capitalist labor process, capitalism, deskilling, displacement

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