7 (2nd March) - THURSDAY
- Global Dynamics of Technology Production
Although there are some very local cultures of technology production, such as Silicon Valley and San Francisco, most technology producers are global corporations such as Microsoft and Intel. Computer chips may be manufacturer in one country, to be exported to another for assembly, only to be imported back again as the final product. What are the social impacts of such global flows of materials? What are the global flows of labour that accompany the components? In this session we will look at the social and economic research on systems of global technology production.
Freeman, C. (2000) High Tech and High Heels in the Global Economy Duke University Press
O Riain, S. (2000) “Net-Working for a Living: Irish Software Developers in the Global Workplace” in Burawoy, M. et al Global Ethnography. Berkeley, University of California Press [Handout]
Pellow, D. & Sun-Hee Park, L. (Eds) (2002) The Silicon Valley of Dreams New York University Press
Uimonen, P. (2003) Networking as a Form of Life: The Transnational Movement of Internet Pioneers in Garsten, C. & H. Wulff (Ed.) New Technologies at Work. Oxford, Berg.
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