The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy - Jake Alimahomed-Wilson (Paperback)

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9780745341484
Department
Books
Released
20 Sep 2020
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Jake Alimahomed-wilson (Editor)
Ellen Reese (Editor)
Subtitle
Amazon in the Global Economy
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Pluto Pr
Series
Wildcat
Language
English
Number of Pages
240
Dimensions
216 x 135mm (215g)

Summary

  • Amazon's ubiquity is finally covered within one book – and in it lies the answers on how to take on this new, terrifying form of capitalism
  • Amazon is the most powerful corporation on the planet and its CEO, Jeff Bezos, has become the richest person in world history. Its dominance has reshaped consumer expectations and the global economy itself: we live in the age of 'Amazon Capitalism'.

    'One-click' instant consumerism and the immense variety of available products have made Amazon a worldwide household name, with over 60% of US households subscribing to Amazon Prime. In turn, these subscribers are thoroughly surveilled by the corporation as they turn over their private information to Amazon's databases. Going beyond e-commerce, Amazon is also one of the largest logistics companies in the world, changing the way goods are manufactured and distributed, resulting in weakened unions and lowered labor standards. More recently, Amazon has also become the world's largest provider of cloud-computing services and home surveillance systems, not to mention the ubiquitous Alexa.

    With a wide variety of cutting-edge analyses, this book looks at the many dark facets of the corporation, including automation, surveillance, tech work, workers' struggles, algorithmic challenges, the disruption of local democracy and much more. The Cost of Free Shipping shows how Amazon represents a fundamental shift in global capitalism that we should name, interrogate and be primed to resist.

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General Subject
Business/Economics
BISAC Subject 1
Business & Economics / Distribution
BISAC Subject 2
Business & Economics / E-Commerce / General (see also COMPUTERS / Electronic Commerce)
BISAC Subject 3
Business & Economics / E-Commerce / General (see also COMPUTERS / Electronic Commerce)
BISAC Subject 4
Business & Economics / General
BISAC Subject 5
Political Science / Labor & Industrial Relations
BIC Classification 1
E-commerce: business aspects
BIC Classification 2
Distribution & warehousing management
BIC Classification 3
Monopolies
BIC Classification 4
Trade unions
BIC Classification 5
Sociology: work & labour
Library Subject 1
Electronic commerce
Library Subject 2
Capitalism
Library Subject 3
Competition
Dewey Classification
380

Author Bio

Ellen Reese is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside, and author of They Sat Cutback, We Say Fightback! and co-editor of Wages of Empire.