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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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Capital Divisions and Literacy Work

Capital Divisions and Literacy Work

(p.124) Chapter 4 Capital Divisions and Literacy Work
Literacy Work in the Reign of Human Capital

Evan Watkins

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines how literacies are being pulled not only “into the engines of productivity and profit” but also into class divisions and conflicts. More specifically, it shows how specific forms of literacy are constituted to produce and sustain these class processes within a basic configuration of economic relations. By focusing on literacy labor, it challenges the assumption shared by liberals and conservatives concerned about income inequalities, such as Claudia Goldin, Lawrence Katz, and Charles Murray, that human capital has emerged as the single most important productive source of economic value in contemporary conditions. It also considers the implications of recent educational developments, such as massive open online courses, for just-in-time human capital.

Keywords:   class division, literacy, income inequalities, Claudia Goldin, Lawrence Katz, Charles Murray, human capital, economic value, education, just-in-time human capital

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