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Everyday Encounters: Antagonism in the Sharing Economy

by , on December 15, 2016

Contemporary service industry jobs, many of them tied to the sharing economy, affect both workers and customers. As Diane Negra and John Russo write in Working-Class Perspectives this week, the combination of digital platforms, automation, and control of workers’ behavior undermine the quality of work while also creating conflict between those who provide customer service and consumers seeking assistance.

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Deindustrialisation, Deregulation, and Division: The Case of Shirebrook and Sports Direct

by on November 29, 2016

Deindustrialisation has ravaged areas of the English North and Midlands, areas that are also some of the hardest hit by successive governments’ programs of austerity since 2008. A recent study claimed that the hollowing out of industry in these areas and its replacement with low paid, insecure work enabled by a severely deregulated labour market has meant that many people have been redirected out of the labour market and onto incapacity benefits.

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Clinton and Trump: Labor and the Election of 2016

by on November 17, 2016

Both the polling and the pundits’ predictions of a Clinton victory were wrong.

The reasons for Trump’s victory in part can be understood in relation to how each candidate appealed to labor and how they represented capital. It is necessary to take into account how Trump’s populist ideology prevailed over Clinton’s money machine.

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