Working Time, Knowledge Work and Post-Industrial Society: Unpredictable Work

Hardcover | April 7, 2015

byAileen O'carroll

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We are living in the age of imagination and communication. More than ever before, peoples' work requires them to think and talk. This book is about the new ways time is experienced and organised in post-industrial workplaces. Aileen O'Carroll argues that the key feature of working time within information technology, and other workplaces, is unpredictability. Working Time, Knowledge Work and Post-Industrial Society uncovers the mechanisms and processes by which labour processes and political economy create and maintain a working culture of unpredictability. This is a culture that seeks to insert acceptance of unpredictability as a new 'standard' by which working, and by default, non-working lives, are organised.

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We are living in the age of imagination and communication. More than ever before, peoples' work requires them to think and talk. This book is about the new ways time is experienced and organised in post-industrial workplaces. Aileen O'Carroll argues that the key feature of working time within information technology, and other workplace...

Aileen O'Carroll is Manager of the Irish Qualitative Data Archive which is based at National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM), Ireland. At NUIM she is also attached to the Life History and Social Change project. Previously she conducted research on the experience of women IT workers at the Employment Research Center in Trinity Co...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:April 7, 2015Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230282970

ISBN - 13:9780230282971

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Table of Contents

1. Unpredictability: The Effects of a New Working Time Culture
2. The Long Hours Myth
3. The Unpredictable Clock: The Time of Knowledge Work
4. Spaghetti Time
5. Constrained Autonomy and Disrupted Bargains
6. Nomads
7. Time, Work-Discipline and Unpredictability