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Automation and Human Solidarity

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Bill Jordan
    Pages 1-16
  3. Bill Jordan
    Pages 17-30
  4. Bill Jordan
    Pages 31-49
  5. Bill Jordan
    Pages 67-78
  6. Bill Jordan
    Pages 79-91
  7. Bill Jordan
    Pages 107-115
  8. Bill Jordan
    Pages 117-131
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 133-151

About this book

Introduction

This book provides a detailed analysis of the economic and political implications of the introduction of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics into the service sector of economies that have so far relied on service jobs to sustain levels of employment. It examines how reliance on coercive measures for enforcing low-paid service work attempts to postpone this third Industrial Revolution, and analyses the struggles that must still take place if we are to achieve a future of freedom and social justice for all. While automation and globalisation have made human solidarities of traditional kinds more difficult to sustain, they have also made new kinds possible. Experiments in social policy, and especially the pilot projects with unconditional Universal Basic Incomes, offer a possible model for a new kind of society. The author argues that it is politics which will determine whether we can achieve these new human solidarities.

Bill Jordan is Honorary Professor of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of Plymouth, UK. He has authored more than 25 books on politics, economic and social policy, social work and migration. He held visiting professorships in the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Keywords

Universal Basic Income populist authoritarianism human redundancy individualism market-based social order solidarity cooperation sustainability renaissance of social relations moral regulation globalisation political liberties

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social Science and Social WorkUniversity of PlymouthExeterUK

About the authors

Bill Jordan is Honorary Professor of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of Plymouth, UK. He has authored more than 25 books on politics, economic and social policy, social work and migration, including Authoritarianism and How to Counter It (2020) and The Age of Disintegration (2020). He held visiting professorships in the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

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