The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy, edited by Prof. Jake Alimahomed-Wilson & Ellen Reese
The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy, edited by Jake Alimahomed-Wilson and Ellen Reese will be published by Pluto Press in Fall 2020.
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 labour 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.