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This wide-ranging and accessible contribution to the study of risk, ecology and environment helps us to understand the politics of ecology and the place of social theory in making sense of environmental issues. The book provides insights into the complex dynamics of change in `risk societies'.

Individualisation at Work: Office Automation and Occupational Identity
Individualisation at work: Office automation and occupational identity

The automation of intellectual work, or office automation, is one of the key areas within which modern subjectivities are being transformed by individualising processes, and yet these changes are little understood. All the social actors involved in the process – scientists and producers, technologists and users – are faced with the ‘architecture of complexity’ induced by fundamental changes that go beyond traditional understandings of work. What follows, in this chapter, is a schematic analysis of some of these transformations.

One of the most notable qualities of the literature on office automation is the variety of totally conflicting findings reported by various authors. On the one hand office automation is described as ...

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