Trabajo y sociedad
On-line version ISSN 1514-6871
In this paper we present some food for thought made from the book Trabajo y vida en la sociedad de la información (Work and Life in the Information Society), published by La Catarata, Madrid, 2012. With the aim of its dissemination and debate among Latin American scientific community. We refer the interested reader to consult that publication, to appreciate the nuances and depth of the analysis. And also its limits, and the criticisms that may merit, and wcihch we will receive with great pleasure. This article and the book, marked by the theoretical sensitivity, commitment, civic relevance and empirical fieldwork, is part of a wider research whose main focus is the analysis of the effects of economic and social transformations of the last twenty years on the lives and work. In it, the authors try to shed light not only on the changing conditions of employment, the intensification of the workload, the influences of territorial dispersion of the fragments of the plants, and the residence of the workers, but also on the impact on daily life, the sharing of domestic work and in the balance (or not) between partners. These deep links between employment and other spheres of life are dealt with trying to show the total workload and responsibility, or liability of each person in the circumstances of the "advanced" work at the beginning of this century: the so called "information society". The authors have chosen as an ideal and exemplary field of research, a kind of emblematic "technology district" with a high concentration of jobs, workers with high qualifications and remuneration.
Keywords : Reorganization of production; Global chains; Work-life balance; Knowledge workers; Field work; Work intensification.