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Andrew Ross

Andrew Ross is the author, most recently, of Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labour in Precarious Times. He teaches at New York University.

Interns

Andrew Ross, 19 May 2011

In the heyday of the labour movement, it was often observed that bosses needed workers but workers didn’t need bosses. Yet in the third and fourth quarters of 2010, corporate America posted record profits while the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the real unemployment rate at 17 per cent. Does this mean the bosses have learned to get by without workers? Not exactly, but two reasons...

The Town that Disney Built

Jenny Diski, 24 August 2000

For a committed sedentary like myself, one of the most striking aspects of the populating of the town of Celebration, Florida, built by the Disney Corporation in the late 1990s, was the ease with...

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Sweatshops

Tom Vanderbilt, 29 October 1998

Just east of Fifth Avenue on 57th St in New York City there is an archaic, gymnasium-like building with the legend ‘PS 6453’ engraved on its peak. First you wonder how a public school...

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Ecoluxury

John Gray, 20 April 1995

The new conventional wisdom has it that environmentalist movements emerge in post-materialist cultures, along with a sense of economic satiety. They are creatures of economic growth, conceived in...

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