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The oldest new network: The division of cultural labor and its ecological impact

Miller, T. (2009) The oldest new network: The division of cultural labor and its ecological impact. International Review of Information Ethics, 11 . pp. 31-35.

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Abstract

Perhaps the most basic network in modern life is the division of labor. It certainly rates alongside family, school, and town. That inexorably leads to a discussion of how resources are allocated within this division, who exercizes power, and what happens when the network meets a seemingly natural or unnatural end. For networks that may appear extremely stable can come to abrupt or scheduled conclusions, when a company goes bankrupt or a school cohort breaks up. This article briefly examines the history of the division of labor, with particular reference to culture and to its internationalization, concluding with a brief discussion of how short-term networks can lead to the exploitation of workers and have a devastating ecological impact.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: International Center for Information Ethics
Publishers Website: http://www.i-r-i-e.net/
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/26755
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