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New Technology and Work in the Future

Tony Charles (Author)
Synopsis The social consequences of new technology are not Third World. These papers represent a broad spectrum of current sociological research into new technology and work and the revolutionary changes which are underway in the nature of work and employment. New technology entail both opportunities and dangers. There is ample evidence of job de-skilling, polarization of the workforce and widespread labour displacement. ‘Winners’ and ‘losers’ in this process of change can be identified in western societies. For the Third World countries, this might increase the inequalities between rich and poor nations. In the Indian context the tension between traditional culture and new form of work illustrates many of the fundamental concerns which have always been central to sociology. This collection of papers by some of the most original sociological thinkers opens up a healthy debate on the subject. The nineteenth century belief in technological progress based on evolutionary assumptions is rejected in the papers. Instead the dilemmas and choices for the future with new technology are emphasized. The stimulating debate bring into sharp focus the scenarios for work and employment in the future, with possible implications for the Third World and India in particular.
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About the author

Tony Charles

Tony Charles was convenor of the sessions on 'work and new technology' at the World Congress of Sociology held at New Delhi in 1986. Currently he is Acting Head of Department of Sociology, Staffordshire Polytechnic, UK. He took a degree in Sociology and Philosophy at Southampton University (1968) and subsequently undertook postgraduate studies and research at Leicester University and the London School of Economics. He has published and researched on the social implication of new technology. He has also researched on new technology in Swiss Banks and has been associated with comparative technology research sponsored by the European Community. He is also working these days on a new dictionary of Sociology.

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Title New Technology and Work in the Future
Author Tony Charles
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1989
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121202833
length xix+172p., Figures; References; Index; 23cm.