Information Society and New Middle Classes

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DOI: 10.16917/sd.64721

OnlineFirst published on September 20, 2016

Year: 2016 Vol: 36 Number: 1

Abstract

Many structural changes have occurred in work and labor processes in the period after the Fordist era. These transformations have also brought about changes in concepts like worker, employer, work, and labor process. In this sense, work and labor processes have been made precarious. The transformations have been provided as an alternative to routines that are alienating-to-worker and non-autonomous work forms that existed in Taylorist and Fordist systems; and these transformations have tried to be reinforced in human resources discourses through liberal ideologies. According to the neo-liberal paradigm, today’s society includes an economic structure that is expanding the middle classes and shrinking the traditional blue-collar working class. The increase in white-collar jobs is explained by the information society and the importance of knowledge in labor markets. This research mentions new labor forms that include Taylorist features and cooperate with various exploitive mechanisms rather than demonstrating liberal discourses.

Keywords
Information society • New middle class • Flexibilization • Taylorism • Post-Fordism

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