The Education-Jobs Gap: Underemployment or Economic Democracy

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Bridging the Gap:
Prospects for Work Reorganization
in Advanced Capitalism

The future will be determined by whether people can confront capitalism's repetitive pathologies and organize a new system that genuinely merges markets with democracy. . . . The ownership of productive capital must be broadly shared in societies as the predicate for discovering genuine democracy and general social well-being. The industrial system must be reinvented to save the earth. The social values that are precious to most people must be freed from the confinements of [global capitalist private market] imperatives and allowed to find fuller expression. These ideas are not utopian platitudes but the hard, practical work of the future.

-- Greider 1997, 469-70

I feel like an outcast in one of the world's wealthiest countries. I just can't get a job and I have nobody to really talk to. I wish I had more power to make things happen. I would create jobs for all people. Just because you are a nobody doesn't mean you can't become a somebody. . . . If I could be a genie or something, I would switch roles between an executive and a street kid. Let the executive panhandle, eat and sleep in shelters. Let's see how they would feel about that. If these executives were more in touch with people they would be able to help us more.

-- Kris Riches, unemployed young male high school graduate, 1997, SS5


INTRODUCTION

If underemployment of peoples' knowledge and skills in the legal labor market economy of advanced capitalist societies is as extensive

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The Education-Jobs Gap: Underemployment or Economic Democracy
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Tables and Figures ix
  • Preface xii
  • Acknowledgements xiv
  • Introduction Reversing the Education-Jobs Optic 1
  • 1 - The Knowledge Society: Pyramids and Icebergs of Learning 12
  • Introduction 12
  • Concluding Remarks 51
  • 2 - The Many Faces of Underemployment 52
  • Introduction 52
  • Concluding Remarks 94
  • 3 - Voices from the Gap: Underemployment and Lifelong Learning 97
  • 3 Voices from the Gap: Underemployment and Lifelong Learning 97
  • Concluding Remarks 131
  • 4 - Debunking the Knowledge Economy": The Limits of Human Capital Theory" 133
  • Introduction 133
  • Concluding Remarks 170
  • 5 - Explaining the Gap: Conflicts Over Knowledge and Work 173
  • Introduction 173
  • Concluding Remarks 223
  • 6 - Bridging the Gap: Prospects for Work Reorganization in Advanced Capitalism 226
  • Introduction 226
  • Concluding Remarks 274
  • Endnotes 276
  • Glossary of Acronyms 298
  • Bibliography 299
  • Index 331
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