Working Online

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* Working Online. Special issue of Work Organisation Labour & Globalisation.



"It is often argued that ‘digital labour’ or ‘virtual work’ is fundamentally different from traditional forms of labour carried out offline, with ‘work’ and ‘play’ collapsed together to become ‘playbour’ and new forms of value creation that do not fit traditional economic models. But however ‘immaterial’ their labour processes, workers still have bodies that become exhausted and require feeding and housing in the ‘real’ economy. Drawing on both theoretical and empirical research, this collection takes a critical look at how online work can be theorised and categorised (including revisiting concepts of ‘deskilling’ developed in the 1970s). It also analyses how the development of online work has meshed with broader trends in organisational restructuring to erode traditional employment norms, time structures and models of behaviour at work, placing new stresses on offline daily life."


  • Working online, living offline: labour in the Internet Age

by Ursula Huws

  • Web, value and labour

by Sabine Pfeiffer

  • Towards a taxonomy of virtual work

by Kaire Holts

  • Distance learning and the transformation of working conditions in

teaching: ICTs and the commodification of education in Brazil by Simone Wolff and Sergio Antunes de Almeida

  • Forced to go virtual?: Distributed cooperation of small software firms

by Annika Schönauer, Ruth Kasper, Jörg Flecker and Ursula Holtgrewe

  • IT firms’ working time (de)regulation model: a by-product of risk

management strategy and project-based work management by Marie-Josée Legault

  • ‘A science to it’: flexible time and flexible subjectivity in the

digital workplace by Frederick Pitts

  • Labour relations and globalisation: an analysis of ethical dilemmas

from ‘Le Couperet’ by Fábio Francisco de Araujo and Patrícia Amélia Tomei

  • Automating amateurs in the 3D printing community: connecting the dots

between ‘deskilling’ and ‘user-friendliness’ by Johan Söderberg

  • Review: Digital Connect

by Eran Fisher

  • Review: recent publications on the commodification of public services

by Bryan Evans