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Altenried, Moritz. The Digital Factory: The Human Labor of Automation

Altenried, Moritz. The Digital Factory: The Human Labor of Automation The fascinating book by Moritz Altenried provides a deep insight into the transformations of labor in modern capitalism through digital platform work. In this book, the author emphasizes the relevance of the factory, associated with the origins of the working-class and trade unions.It also gives a voice to the real tech working-class, mostly perceived as a high-status workforce, having access to high quality standards of work and benefitting from managing their space and time. Nevertheless, these workers, especially from these new tech companies influenced by Silicon Valley, are also subjected to precarious, flexible and unstable working conditions and to a new and increasing presence of anti-unionist and entrepreneur ideologies.Through a four-case study regarding logistics, gaming, crowdwork and social media, based on empirical research, Altenried conducted a range of qualitative methods, including ethnography and interviews, combined with the analysis of a variety of other materials and infrastructural technologies.In a transitional era, from a post-industrial to a digital one, capitalism has the ability of reinventing itself, as capitalism goes through several phases of metamorphism. This is one of the authors’ main arguments that sustains that the factory is still very present, for the factory has gone digital through digital platforms (Altenried, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Labor and Society Brill

Altenried, Moritz. The Digital Factory: The Human Labor of Automation

Journal of Labor and Society , Volume 25 (4): 6 – Sep 26, 2022

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2667-3657
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2471-4607
DOI
10.1163/24714607-bja10090
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Abstract

The fascinating book by Moritz Altenried provides a deep insight into the transformations of labor in modern capitalism through digital platform work. In this book, the author emphasizes the relevance of the factory, associated with the origins of the working-class and trade unions.It also gives a voice to the real tech working-class, mostly perceived as a high-status workforce, having access to high quality standards of work and benefitting from managing their space and time. Nevertheless, these workers, especially from these new tech companies influenced by Silicon Valley, are also subjected to precarious, flexible and unstable working conditions and to a new and increasing presence of anti-unionist and entrepreneur ideologies.Through a four-case study regarding logistics, gaming, crowdwork and social media, based on empirical research, Altenried conducted a range of qualitative methods, including ethnography and interviews, combined with the analysis of a variety of other materials and infrastructural technologies.In a transitional era, from a post-industrial to a digital one, capitalism has the ability of reinventing itself, as capitalism goes through several phases of metamorphism. This is one of the authors’ main arguments that sustains that the factory is still very present, for the factory has gone digital through digital platforms (Altenried,

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Journal of Labor and SocietyBrill

Published: Sep 26, 2022

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