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Literacy Work in the Reign of Human Capital$
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Evan Watkins

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264223

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264223.001.0001

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Literacy and Human Capital

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Literacy Work in the Reign of Human Capital

Evan Watkins

Fordham University Press

This book explores how literacy has changed in relation to technology, labor, capital, and economics. It argues that human capital can no longer be represented solely as the kind of long-term resource that Gary Becker and other neoclassical economists have proposed. Like corporate inventory and business management practices, human capital now also appears in a “just-in-time” form. Just-in-time human capital differs from Becker's conception in that it eliminates any perceived necessity for depending on large and available reserves. Just-in-time human capital agency can be represented as a maximal deployment of individual autonomy as power of action. This book examines how literacies are revalued by just-in-time human capital principles.

Keywords:   literacy, technology, labor, economics, human capital, Gary Becker, just-in-time human capital, reserves, agency, individual autonomy

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