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Transnational Customer Service: A New Touchstone of Globalization

Kiran Mirchandani

in Phone Clones: Authenticity Work in the Transnational Service Economy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450648
eISBN:
9780801464140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450648.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter examines transnational customer service work as a new touchstone of globalization and situates it within contemporary social configurations of race, gender, nationalism, and class. It ... More


Introduction: The Authentic Clone

Kiran Mirchandani

in Phone Clones: Authenticity Work in the Transnational Service Economy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450648
eISBN:
9780801464140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450648.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This book explores how the negotiation of authenticity becomes a central part of transnational customer service work as a result of the exchange of labor and capital that occurs in the context of ... More


Surveillance Schooling for Professional Clones

Kiran Mirchandani

in Phone Clones: Authenticity Work in the Transnational Service Economy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450648
eISBN:
9780801464140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450648.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter examines the economy of familiarity that runs through constructions of customer service workers in India. Like the economy of difference, the economy of familiarity occurs when ... More


Phone Clones: Authenticity Work in the Transnational Service Economy

Kiran Mirchandani

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450648
eISBN:
9780801464140
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450648.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

Transnational customer service workers are an emerging touchstone of globalization given their location at the intersecting borders of identity, class, nation, and production. Unlike outsourced ... More


Language Training: The Making of the Deficient Worker

Kiran Mirchandani

in Phone Clones: Authenticity Work in the Transnational Service Economy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450648
eISBN:
9780801464140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450648.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter examines the language training undertaken by prospective customer service agents in India before they are allowed to interact with Western customers. Language training is justified in ... More


Being Nowhere in the World: Synchronous Work and Gendered Time

Kiran Mirchandani

in Phone Clones: Authenticity Work in the Transnational Service Economy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450648
eISBN:
9780801464140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450648.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter examines how cultural cloning is facilitated through time, with particular emphasis on the ways in which customer service agents are required to occupy the same temporal space as their ... More


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