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We analyzed the development of the Finnish information society between 1988 and 2000. In this period, the number of knowledge workers increased significantly. We based our analysis on survey data from 1988, 1994 and 2000.

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Why is it important?

Our empirical analysis yields a somewhat more critical picture of the Finnish information society than what usually comes across in the mainstream media. the opportunities for social equality offered by the growth of knowledge work are far more limited than was the case with the transition from agricultural to industrial production.


The analysis showed that the informationalization of the Finnish society has not had the same sort of egalitarian effects as industrialization did in the 1960s. Two decades later, I would still concur with our conclusions.

Pasi Pyöriä
Tampereen yliopisto

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This page is a summary of: Social Contradictions in Informational Capitalism: The Case of Finnish Wage Earners and Their Labor Market Situation, The Information Society, October 2002, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/01972240290075183.
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