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Global knowledge capitalism, self-woven safety nets, and the crisis of employability

Moore, P 2006, 'Global knowledge capitalism, self-woven safety nets, and the crisis of employability' , Global Society, 20 (4) , pp. 453-473.

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      Abstract

      In the global economy, workers are increasingly expected to cultivate an unprecedented repertoire of abilities in an immaterial world of work. This signifies a limited shift in capitalist expansion in the post-Fordist world in relation to workers' employability therein. A model of worker subjectivity was introduced into Western management and psychology discourse surrounding employability in the 1960s and 1970s. In a developed, post-industrial global economy, management has begun to view workers less as cogs in the wheel or less as rational and predictable entities than as dynamic individuals with the capacity for symbolic reasoning, intelligence, independently generated ideas, and even the desire to work for the sake of self-fulfilment! The Fordist workplace was expected to become a distant memory and organisations were to become “learning organisations” rather than the hierarchical, Dickensian workfloors of the manufacturing age. Nevertheless, rather than offering freedom from the iron cage of capitalism, workers face a contemporary form of coercion that substitutes political representation with a set of expectations and limitations intended, ironically, to result in workplace emancipation. Emphasis on employability of individuals through workers' creation of self-woven safety nets demonstrates an elite-led project to reduce government responsibility for employment welfare. In order to make this claim, the article looks at the case of education policy in South Korea after the economic crisis of 1997.

      Item Type: Article
      Additional Information: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the Global Society © 2006 (copyright Taylor & Francis); Global Society is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13600820600929812
      Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
      Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
      Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media > Communication, Cultural & Media Studies Research Centre
      Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media
      Journal or Publication Title: Global Society
      Publisher: Taylor & Francis
      Refereed: Yes
      ISSN: 1360-0826
      Depositing User: Users 47901 not found.
      Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2011 10:13
      Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:09
      URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/17611

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