Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Knowledge Workers: That's YOU. Come and hear an expert talk about your future....

This just in from Professor Kati Lustyik:

An expert on the nature of workers in the media, information and knowledge industries will present a guest lecture Friday in Professor Lustyik's Mass Media Class.

John Sullivan is a contributor to a new book, "Knowledge Workers in the Information Society," and he will speak to students and be available to answer questions from 9 to 9:50 a.m. Friday in Park 281.

Here's some information on the book:

Knowledge Workers in the Information Society

Edited by Catherine McKercher and Vincent Mosco
Lexington Books, 360 pages, ISBN 0-7391-1780-7/978-0-7391-1780-4^DB/

Knowledge Workers in the Information Society addresses the changing
nature of work, workers, and their organizations in the media,
information, and knowledge industries. These knowledge workers
include journalists, broadcasters, librarians, filmmakers and
animators, government workers, and employees in the
telecommunications and high tech sectors. Technological change has
become relentless. Corporate concentration has created new pressures
to rationalize work and eliminate stages in the labor process.
Globalization and advances in telecommunications have made real the
prospect that knowledge work will follow manufacturing labor to parts
of the world with low wages, poor working conditions, and little
unionization. McKercher and Mosco bring together scholars from
numerous disciplines to examine knowledge workers from a genuinely
global perspective.

"At last, we have a book that gives knowledge workers back their
agency. With analytical clarity and shrewd judgment, McKercher and
Mosco have drawn together an impressive range of contributions from
around the world that illustrate vividly, in all their complexity,
the hard choices that knowledge workers make each day to balance
their urge to creativity with their need to scrape a living and
defend working conditions. This is essential reading for anyone who
wants to understand knowledge work as it is in the real world, as
opposed to the fantasies of policy gurus."—Ursula Huws, Analytica
Social and Economic Research

"This book focuses on the most neglected group in the literature on
our information-intensive economy: workers. After authoring several
articles on this topic themselves, McKercher and Mosco are to be
complimented for advancing this focus by bringing together authors in
Europe, North America, and Asia to address the conditions of the
diverse work force in the information economy: workers in journalism,
film, libraries, telecommunication, digital equipment factories and
call centers."—Bella Mody, University of Colorado

List of Contributors
Enda Brophy, Dean Colby, Wan-Wen Day, Greig de Peuter, Greg Downey,
Rob Duffy, Colin T. Fones-Wolf, Elizabeth A. Fones-Wolf, Gregor Gall,
Maris L. Hayashi, Helen Johnson, Jyotsna Kapur, Deepa Kumar,
Christopher R. Martin, Pere Masip, Catherine McKercher, Lisa
McLaughlin, Josep Lluis Mico, Vincent Mosco, Ian Nagy, Vanda Rideout,
Michelle Rodino-Colocino, Sid Shniad, Andrew Stevens, John L.
Sullivan, James F. Tracy, and Yuezhi Zhao


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