For the majority of Americans, hard times have long been a way of life. Some work multiple low-wage jobs, others face the squeeze of stagnant wages and rising costs of living. Sociologist Celine-Marie Pascale talked with people across Appalachia, at Standing Rock and Wind River Reservations and in the bustling city of Oakland, California. Their voices offer a wide range of experiences that co ...... Read More
The evidence for the ancestry of the human species among the apes is overwhelming, accepted by non-religious and religious people across the world. But the facts are never ""just"" facts. Human evolution has been a value-laden scientific theory since its very beginning and anthropology makes clear that the ancestors are always sacred. They may be ghosts, or corpses, or fossils, or a naked co ...... Read More
New technologies are changing how we protect our citizens and wage our wars.  Among militaries, everything taken for granted about the ability to maneuver and fight is now undermined by vulnerability to “weapons of mass disruption”: cutting-edge computer worms, viruses, and invasive robot networks.  At home, billions of household appliances and other “smart” it ...... Read More
Facebook has fundamentally changed how the world connects. No other company has played a greater role in the history of social networking online. Yet Facebook is no longer simply a social networking site or social media platform. Facebook is Facebook.Taina Bucher shows how Facebook has become a thing and an idea of its own: something that cannot be fully described using broader categorie ...... Read More
As the end of December draws near, Facebook regularly sends users a short video entitled ‘Your Year on Facebook’. It lasts about a minute and brings together the images and posts that received the highest number of comments and likes over the last year. The video is rounded off with a message from Facebook that reads: ‘Sometimes, looking back helps us remember what matters most. ...... Read More
This book tells the story of the turbulent decade when the book publishing industry collided with the great technological revolution of our time. From the surge of ebooks to the self-publishing explosion and the growing popularity of audiobooks, this book provides a comprehensive and fine-grained account of technological disruption in one of our most important and successful creative ...... Read More
Unions face a once in a generation opportunity for renewal. Decades of decline have been compounded by a global elite who increasingly generate profit from financial engineering in ways that side-step labour and undermine the power of organised workers.However, as this economic system begins to falter, there are signs of a renewed union movement emerging. Debt-laden firms – from su ...... Read More
Immigration has been a contentious issue for decades, but in the twenty-first century it has moved to center stage, propelled by an immigrant threat narrative that blames foreign-born workers, and especially the undocumented, for the collapsing living standards of American workers.  According to that narrative, if immigration were summarily curtailed, border security established, and ...... Read More
One of the most enduring ideas in economics is that unemployment is both unavoidable and necessary for the smooth functioning of the economy. This assumption has provided cover for the devastating social and economic costs of job insecurity. It is also false.  In this book, leading expert Pavlina R. Tcherneva challenges us to imagine a world where the phantom of unemploy ...... Read More
What is life like for workers in the gig economy? Is it a paradise of flexibility and individual freedom? Or is it a world of exploitation and conflict? Callum Cant took a job with one of the most prominent platforms, Deliveroo, to find out.  His vivid account of the reality is grim. Workers are being tyrannised by algorithms and exploited for the profit of the few – but the ...... Read More
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