chapter  5
Computing and Jobs
WithDavid Hakken, Barbara Andrews
Pages 11

In this chapter we examine the connection between computing and the reproduction of the job, the predominant social relationship in Sheffield as in all other employment social formations. That computing changes jobs is a central notion in most arguments for the computerization hypothesis (that computing is responsible for fundamental social change). Adam Schaff (1982), for example, contends that computing will cause major psychological difficulties, because it will decrease both the number of jobs and the role of the job in the individual's life. Shoshona Zuboff (1988) argues that "informating" (computerizing) jobs is intrinsically positive.