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The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy: Wildcat

Editat de Jake Alimahomed-Wilson, Ellen Reese
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 20 sep 2020
Winner of the United Association for Labor Education Book Award 2021, this is essential reading for everyone who wants to understand the role of Amazon in our economy and society. With Amazon, supply-chain, and unionization in the news, it is both timely and incredibly informative.

Amazon is the most powerful corporation on the planet and its CEO, Jeff Bezos, has become one of the richest individuals in history, and one of the few people to profit from a global pandemic. Its dominance has reshaped the global economy itself: we live in the age of “Amazon Capitalism.” 

“One-click” instant consumerism and its immense variety of products has made Amazon a worldwide household name, with over 60% of US households subscribing to Amazon Prime. In turn, these subscribers are surveilled by the corporation. Amazon is also one of the world's largest logistics companies, resulting in weakened unions and lowered labor standards.

The company has also become the largest provider of cloud-computing services and home surveillance systems, not to mention the ubiquitous Alexa.

With cutting-edge analyses, this book looks at the many dark facets of the corporation, including automation, surveillance, tech work, workers' struggles, algorithmic challenges, the disruption of local democracy and much more. The Cost of Free Shipping shows how Amazon represents a fundamental shift in global capitalism that we should name, interrogate, and be primed to resist.
 
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780745341484
ISBN-10: 0745341489
Pagini: 240
Dimensiuni: 135 x 216 x 25 mm
Greutate: 0.45 kg
Editura: PLUTO PRESS
Colecția Pluto Press
Seria Wildcat


Notă biografică

Jake Alimahomed-Wilson is Professor of Sociology at California State University, Long Beach. He is the author of Solidarity Forever? Race, Gender, and Unionism in the Ports of Southern California (Lexington Books, 2016), and the editor of Choke Points (Pluto, 2018). 

Ellen Reese is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Labour Studies program at UC Riverside. She is co-editor of The Wages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression, and Women’s Poverty (2007, Paradigm Publishers) and co-author of The World Social Forums and the Challenges of Global Democracy, 2nd Edition (2014, Paradigm Publishers).

Cuprins

Preface: Amazon and the Future of Work in the Global Economy - Ruth Milkman (Graduate Center, CUNY)
Introduction: Interrogating Amazon Capitalism - Jake Alimahomed-Wilson (California State University), Juliann Allison (University of California, Riverside), and Ellen Reese (University of California, Riverside)
Part I: Amazon's Rise in Global Power
  1. Amazon in Context - Kim Moody (University of Westminster)
  2. Power Accrues to the Powerful: Amazon's Marketshare, Customer Surveillance, and Internet Dominance - Dana M. Williams (California State University)
  3. Transnational Amazon: Labour Exploitation and the Rise of E-Commerce in South Asia - Jeb Sprague (University of California, Riverside) and Sreerekha Sathi (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Part II: Exploitation and Resistance Across Amazon's Global Empire
  1. The Amazonification of Logistics: E-Commerce and the Struggle for the Last-Mile - Jake Alimahomed-Wilson (California State University)
  2. Automation and the Surveillance-Driven Warehouse - Jason Struna (University of Puget Sound) and Ellen Reese (University of California, Riverside)
  3. Gender, Race, and Warehouse Labor in the United States - Ellen Reese (University of California, Riverside)
  4. A New Industrial Working Class? Challenges in Disrupting Amazon’s Fulfilment Process in Germany - Nantina Vgontza (New York University)
  5. A Struggle for Bodies and Souls: Amazon Management and Union Strategies in France and Italy - Francesco Massimo (Sciences Po Paris)
Part III: Communities Confronting the E-Commerce Giant
  1. Company Town: What Happens to a City and its Democracy When Amazon Dominates? - Katie Wilson (General Secretary of the Transit Riders Union)
  2. Lessons from New York City’s Struggle Against Amazon HQ2 in Long Island City - Steve Lang (LaGuardia Community College, CUNY) and Filip Stabrowski (LaGuardia Community College, CUNY)
  3. What Happens When Amazon Comes to Town? Environmental Impacts, Local Economies and Resistance in Inland Southern California - Juliann Emmons Allison (University of California, Riverside)
  4. Worker and Community Organizing to Challenge Amazon's Algorithmic Test - Sheheryar Kaoosji (Warehouse Worker Resource Center)
Part IV: Struggling to Win Against Amazon
  1. Amazon Strikes in Germany and Europe: Seven years of Industrial Action, Challenges, and Strategies - Jorn Boewe and Johannes Schulten (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany)
  2. Bursting the Bubble: Emerging Tech Worker Movement at Amazon - Spencer Cox (University of Minnesota)
  3. The CEO Has No Clothes: Worker Leadership and Amazon’s Failures During COVID-19 - Dania Rajendra
  4. Think Big: Organising a Successful Amazon Workers’ Movement in the United States by Combining the Strengths of the Left and Organised Labour - Peter Olney and Rand Wilson (SEIU Local 888, Boston)
  5. Amazonians United! – An Interview with DCH1 (Chicago) Amazonians United
Conclusion: Resisting Amazon Capitalism - Jake Alimahomed-Wilson (California State University) and Ellen Reese (University of California, Riverside)

Descriere

Winner of the United Association for Labor Education Book Award 2021, this is essential reading for everyone who wants to understand the role of Amazon in our economy and society. With Amazon, supply-chain, and unionization in the news, it is both timely and incredibly informative.