Back to " Back to Labor": Revisiting Political Economies of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work

Joice Tang, McKane Andrus, Samuel So, Udayan Tandon, Andrés Monroy-Hernández, Vera Khovanskaya, Sean A. Munson, Mark Zachry, Sucheta Ghoshal

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Abstract

Almost thirty years ago, CSCW published an article written by Joan Greenbaum detailing how and why CSCW should consider the framing of "labor"over "work"in researching and designing information systems [17]. This argument is especially salient in the present day, with the increasing wariness of algorithmically-mediated monitoring, surveillance, automation, and management in work processes. Despite its salience, Greenbaum's paper has had relatively low engagement in CSCW so far. As such, this workshop responds to Greenbaum's call-to-action, asking: 1) Where is CSCW research now in thinking about "work"vs. "labor"in designing systems? and 2) How can we support emerging CSCW scholars in grounding themselves in theories of work that includes - if not centers - a labor-oriented economic frame? Following a Freirean pedagogy model of social action involving a cycle of reflection and action, this workshop will aim to generate a critical consciousness around labor issues in CSCW. Ultimately, by crafting individual commitments to labor, this workshop will aim to contribute to a more worker-centered future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCSCW 2023 Companion - Conference Companion Publication of the 2023 Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
EditorsMorgan Ames, Susan Fussell, Eric Gilbert, Vera Liao, Xiaojuan Ma, Xinru Page, Mark Rouncefield, Vivek Singh, Pamela Wisniewski
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages522-526
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9798400701290
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 14 2023
Externally publishedYes
Event26th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2023 - Minneapolis, United States
Duration: Oct 14 2023Oct 18 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW

Conference

Conference26th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMinneapolis
Period10/14/2310/18/23

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction

Keywords

  • future of work
  • labor
  • work
  • worker-centered design
  • workplace accountability

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