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The Politics of Working Life$
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Paul Edwards and Judy Wajcman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271900

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271900.001.0001

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How Is Globalization Affecting Work?

How Is Globalization Affecting Work?

(p.229) 10 How Is Globalization Affecting Work?
The Politics of Working Life

Paul Edwards

Judy Wajcman

Oxford University Press

Discussion of globalization embraces a wide array of analytical debates about the world economic and political order. This chapter focuses on the links between work organizations and the global context, with two main themes. First, globalization is not an inevitable force but an organized project, and this chapter examines how particular organized interests have promoted their own conceptions of the process. The second theme embraces the implications of globalization for concrete work experience. This book is about working life, but it is also about the influences on concrete work experience. This chapter is concerned only with economic issues, that is, the degree to which the world economy is becoming increasingly interlinked and the ease with which capital and labour are globally mobile. Three models are considered: hyperglobalism, scepticism, and transformation.

Keywords:   globalization, organizations, work experience, hyperglobalism, scepticism, transformation, world economy, capital, labour

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