Hailed only a quarter of a century ago as a paradise for male white workers, Australia is now experiencing the unravelling of its social compact. The days of full employment and job stability are over, supplanted by record levels of unemployment and employment. As with all developed economies, the nature of paid work within Australian society is the subject of profound uncertainty. Work of the future places Australia's predicament firmly within global experiences of the changing nature of work. It features an impressive line-up of Australian and overseas authors, such as Walter F Veit on the history of socio-political thinking about work, Alain Lipietz on the emerging global hierarchy, Bob Gregory on patterns of employment in Australia and the US, Iain Campbell on the nature of working time, Belinda Probert on the future of work for women, Bernhard Wilpert on the cultural crisis of mass unemployment, and Paul James and Steve Wright on the possiblities to come. Importantly, Work of the Future does not rest with the theoretical. Case studies drawn from Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada are provided by Carla Lipsig-Mumme, Hans Schmid, Bert Rurup and Klaus Neuhoff. C
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