What is it about?

This paper aims to provide a critical overview of the diverse visions of the future of employment.

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Why is it important?

This paper shows how the diverse stories about the future of employment adopt a similar storyline, and reveals how most visions: firstly squeeze all forms of employment into one side or other of some dualism; secondly, order the two sides into a temporal and/or normative sequence in which one side is seen as universally replacing and/or more progressive than the other; and finally, represent this one-dimensional linear trajectory by concocting some label to represent their vision, which usually involves using some -ism, -ation or post-something-or-other.


This paper highlights how a common storyline underpins a diverse array of competing visions of the future of employment.

Professor Colin C Williams
University of Sheffield

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This page is a summary of: Visions of the Future of Employment: A Critical Overview, SSRN Electronic Journal, January 2008, Elsevier, DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2289936.
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