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Building connections, building forums : understanding the empowerment strategies of temporary workers

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Building connections, building forums : understanding the empowerment strategies of temporary workers

Sumner, Lisa (2002) Building connections, building forums : understanding the empowerment strategies of temporary workers. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This study is an analysis of the temporary help industry in America, and the empowerment strategies used by temporary workers to overcome the barriers and limitations of their employment. Network-building and the use of web technologies are analyzed as strategies to improve the conditions of temping. Websites and zines are understood as creating spaces for dialogue, dissent, and organizing, which may overcome the spatial separation and surveillance of temps in the workplace; a feature which discourages traditional modes of organizing. Network-building is analyzed in terms of it's efficacy in integrating the emerging temporary worker's movement into the broader social struggles of postructuralism, and anti-globalization. Web communication and technology are examined to determine how the inherent fluidity and fragmenation of this medium, can enhance or impede collective efforts to improve the conditions of temporary work.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Sumner, Lisa
Pagination:viii, 158 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Sociology and Anthropology
Date:2002
Thesis Supervisor(s):Belanger, Anouk
ID Code:2214
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:26
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:25
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