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Consuming Futures I: Business as Usual
Consuming futures I: Business as usual

Writing at the end of the twentieth century Ulrich Beck observed that one consequence of ‘the neo-liberal free-market utopia’ was the transformation of paid work, ‘the spread of temporary and insecure employment’, and consequently the increasing precariousness of people's lives (2000: 1). In his discussion Beck directs attention to the employment implications of knowledge's growing role as the primary source of wealth generation, in particular the respects in which the deployment of information technology promotes the capacity to raise productivity without commensurate increases in paid employment, and he explores a number of the alternative scenarios proposed in response to the end of the ‘normal work society’, but finds the majority to be of limited ...

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