Humans at Work in the Digital Age: Forms of Digital Textual Labor

1st Edition

Shawna Ross, Andrew Pilsch

Routledge
December 19, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 320 Pages - 24 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367199982 - CAT# K418331
Series: Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities

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Summary

Humans at Work in the Digital Age explores the roots of twenty-first century cultures of digital textual labor, mapping the diverse physical and cognitive acts involved, and recovering the invisible workers and work that support digital technologies.

Drawing on fourteen case studies organized around four sites of work, the book shows how definitions of labor have been influenced by the digital technologies that employees use to produce, interpret, or process text. Incorporating methodology and theory from a range of disciplines and highlighting labor issues related to topics as diverse as census tabulation, market research, electronic games, digital archives and 3D modeling, contributors uncover the roles played by race, class, gender, sexuality, and national politics in determining how narratives of digital labor are constructed and erased. Because each chapter is centered on the human cost of digital technologies, however, it is individual people immersed in cultures of technology who are the focus of the volume, rather than the technologies themselves.

Humans at Work in the Digital Age shows how humanistic inquiry can be a valuable tool in the emerging conversation surrounding digital textual labor. As such, the book will be essential reading for academics and postgraduate students engaged in the study of digital humanities; human-computer interaction; digital culture and social justice; race, class, gender, and sexuality in digital realms; the economics of the Internet; and technology in higher education.

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