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Flexible Despotism: An Introduction

Alex J. Wood

in Despotism on Demand: How Power Operates in the Flexible Workplace

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501748875
eISBN:
9781501748905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501748875.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This introductory chapter provides an overview of flexible despotism. New economic processes are taking hold in the spaces opened up by the steady decline of collective workplace regulation. No ... More


Despotism on Demand: How Power Operates in the Flexible Workplace

Alex J. Wood

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501748875
eISBN:
9781501748905
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501748875.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This book draws attention to the impact of flexible scheduling on managerial power and workplace control. When we understand paid work as a power relationship, the book argues, we see how the spread ... More


Despotic Time in the UK: Overcoming Hegemonic Constraints

Alex J. Wood

in Despotism on Demand: How Power Operates in the Flexible Workplace

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501748875
eISBN:
9781501748905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501748875.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter traces the historical evolution of working time and internal labor markets in the United Kingdom. The term “internal labor market” refers to the shielding of employment relations from ... More


Conclusions: Control in the Twenty-First Century

Alex J. Wood

in Despotism on Demand: How Power Operates in the Flexible Workplace

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501748875
eISBN:
9781501748905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501748875.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This concluding chapter explains that the findings from ConflictCo and PartnershipCo suggest that a form of flexible despotism is key for understanding workplace control of workers in the ... More


Despotic Time in the U.S.: Undermining Worker Organization

Alex J. Wood

in Despotism on Demand: How Power Operates in the Flexible Workplace

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501748875
eISBN:
9781501748905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501748875.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter examines the existence of internal labor markets at ConflictCo, looking at flexible scheduling in this workplace regime. While workers at PartnershipCo experienced little employment ... More


Limits of Control and Spaces of Resistance

Alex J. Wood

in Despotism on Demand: How Power Operates in the Flexible Workplace

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501748875
eISBN:
9781501748905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501748875.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter evaluates the limits and contradictions of control at PartnershipCo and ConflictCo. The findings demonstrate that while flexible scheduling represents a source of managerial control, it ... More


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