Books, journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, popular articles, and policy

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Woodcock, J. and Graham, M. (2019) The Gig Economy: A Critical Introduction, Cambridge: Polity.

Woodcock, J. (2019) Marx at the Arcade: Consoles, Controllers, and Class Struggle, Chicago: Haymarket Books.

Woodcock, J. (2017) Working the Phones: Control and Resistance in Call Centres, London: Pluto.

Journal articles

Woodcock, J. (Forthcoming, 2020) ‘The Algorithmic Panopticon at Deliveroo: measurement, precarity, and the illusion of control’, Ephemera. Online first.

Graham, M., Woodcock, J., Heeks, R., Mungai, P., Van Belle, J-P., du Toit, D., Fredman, S., Osiki, A., van der Spuy, A., Silberman, S. M. (Forthcoming, 2020) 'The Fairwork Foundation: Strategies for improving platform work in a global context', Geoforum.

Woodcock, J. (2020) 'Reflecting on a call centre workers’ inquiry. Contradictions, tensions, and the role of the researcher', Etnografia e ricerca qualitativa, 13(1): 103-118.

Cant, C. and Woodcock, J. (2020) 'The Fast Food Shutdown: From disorganisation to action in the service sector', Capital and Class.

Woodcock, J. (2020) 'How to Beat the Boss: Game Workers Unite in the UK', Capital and Class.

Aslam, Y. and Woodcock, J. (2020) 'A History of Uber Organizing in the UK', South Atlantic Quarterly, 119(2): 412-421.

Englert, S., Woodcock, J., and Cant, C. (2020) 'Digital Workerism: Technology, Platforms, and the Circulation of Workers’ Struggles', tripleC, 18(1): 132-145. In Portuguese

Woodcock, J. (2020) 'Organizing in the Game Industry: the story of Game Workers Unite UK', New Labor Forum, 29(1): 50-57. full text.

Johnson, M. R. and Woodcock, J. (2019) '“And today’s top donator is”: How Live Streamers on Monetise and Gamify Broadcasts', Social Media + Society, 5(4). full text.

Johnson, M. R. and Woodcock, J. (2019) 'The Impacts of Live Streaming and on the Video Game Industry', Media, Culture and Society, 41(5): 670-688. full text.

Woodcock, J. and Johnson, M. R. (2019) 'Live Streamers on as Social Media Influencers: Chances and Challenges for Strategic Communication', International Journal of Strategic Communication, 13(4): 321-335. full text.

Woodcock, J. and Johnson, M. R. (2019) 'The Affective Labour and Performance of Live Streaming on', Television and New Media, 20(8): 813-823. full text.

Woodcock, J. and Johnson, M. R. (2018) ‘Gamification: What it is, and how to fight it’, The Sociological Review, 66(3): 542-558. full text.

Graham, M. and Woodcock, J. (2018) 'Towards a Fairer Platform Economy: Introducing the Fairwork Foundation', Alternate Routes, 29: 242-253. full text.

Woodcock, J. (2018) ‘Digital labour in the university: understanding the transformations of academic work in the UK’, tripleC, 16(1). full text.

Cox, J., Oh, E. Y., Simmons, B., Graham, G., Greenhill, A., Lintott, C., Masters, K., Woodcock, J. (2018) 'Doing good online: The changing relationships between motivations, activity and retention among online volunteers', Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. full text.

Johnson, M. R. and Woodcock, J. (2017) ‘It’s like the Gold Rush: The Lives and Careers of Professional Video Game Streamers on’, Information, Communication and Society, 22(3): 336-351. full text.

Johnson, M. R., and Woodcock, J. (2017) 'Fighting Games and Go: Exploring the Aesthetics of Play in Professional Gaming', Thesis Eleven, 138(1): 26-45. full text.

Woodcock, J., Greenhill, A., Holmes, K., Graham, G., Cox, J., Oh, E. Y., and Masters, K. (2017) ‘Crowdsourcing Citizen Science: Exploring the Tensions Between Paid Professionals and Users’, Journal of Peer Production, 10. full text.

Woodcock, J. (2016) ‘The work of play: Marx and the video games industry in the United Kingdom’, Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds, 8(2): 131-143. full text.

Greenhill, A., Holmes, K., Woodcock, J., Lintott, C., Simmons, B., Graham, G., Cox, J., Oh, E.Y., Masters, K. (2016) ‘Playing With Science: Exploring How Game Activity Motivates Users Participation on an Online Citizen Science Platform’, Aslib Journal of Information Management, 68(3): 306-325. full text.

Toscano, A. and Woodcock, J. (2015) ‘Spectres of Marxism: A Comment on Mike Savage’s market model of class difference’, The Sociological Review, 63: 512-523. full text.

Woodcock, J. (2014) ‘Precarious work in London: new forms of organisation and the city’, City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, 18(6): 776-788. full text.

Woodcock, J. (2014) ‘The Workers’ Inquiry from Trotskyism to Operaismo: a political methodology for investigating the workplace’, Ephemera, 14(3): 493-513. full text.

Book chapters

Woodcock, J. (Forthcoming) 'Game Workers Unite: unionization among independent developers'

Woodcock, J. (Forthcoming) 'Work', in Handbook of Marxism.

Cant, C. and Woodcock, J. (Forthcoming) 'The Cycle of Struggle: Food Platform Strikes in the UK 2016-18' in T. Wolfson (ed) Gig Economy: Workers and Media in the Era of Convergence.

Woodcock, J. (2019) 'The trajectory of the 2010 student movement in the UK: from student activism to strikes', in A. Choudry and S. Vally (eds) Lessons in Resistance, Studies in Struggle: Movements for Education and Social Justice, London: Pluto.

Woodcock, J. (2019) 'The Impact of the Gig Economy' in BBVA OpenMind (ed) Work in the Age of Data, Madrid: BBVA. full text.

Hammar, E. L. and Woodcock, J. (2019) 'The Political Economy of Wargames: The Production of History and Memory in Military Video Games', in P. Hammond and H. Pötzsch (eds) War Games: Memory, Militarism and the Subject of Play, 54-71. London: Bloomsbury. full text.

Badger, A. and Woodcock, J. (2019) 'Ethnographic Methods with Limited Access: Assessing Quality of Work in Hard to Reach Jobs', in D. Wheatley (ed) Handbook of research methods on the quality of working lives, 135-146. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. full text.

Woodcock, J. (2019) 'Understanding affective labour: the demand for workers to really care', in D. Frayne (ed) The Work Cure: Critical Essays on Work and Wellness, 61-74. Monmouth: PCCS Books. full text.

Woodcock J. (2018) 'Digital Labour and Workers’ Organisation', in M. Atzeni and I. Ness (eds) Global Perspectives on Workers' and Labour Organizations. Work, Organization, and Employment. Singapore: Springer. full text.

Woodcock, J. (2018) ‘Changes in employment: role of the state and its reconfiguration in the liberalization of employment policies’, in O. Fedyuk and P. Stewart (eds) Inclusion and Exclusion in Europe: Migration, Work and Employment Perspectives. London: ECPR Press. full text.

Book reviews

Woodcock, J. (Forthcoming) ‘The challenges of understanding digital labour: questions of exploitation and resistance’ (Book review), Historical Materialism.

Woodcock, J. (2015) ‘Co-creating videogames’ (Book review), Journal of Cultural Economy, 8(6): 738-740.

Popular articles

Cant, C., Englert, S., and Woodcock, J. (2020) 'Digital Workerism: Technology, Platforms, and the Circulation of Workers’ Struggles', republished in Monthly Review Online, available here.

Cant, C., Englert, S., and Woodcock, J. (2020) 'Digital Workerism: Technology, Platforms, and the Circulation of Workers’ Struggles', Developing Economics, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2019) 'I've been inside Amazon's new hi-tech warehouses - and I've seen how robots will change how we work', The Independent, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2019) 'The violence, gambling techniques and worker exploitation behind the world’s favourite video games', The Independent, available here.

Graham, M., Englert, S., and Woodcock, J. (2019) 'Holding platforms accountable to digital workers’ rights', New International, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2019) 'Rating gig economy platforms against criteria for fair work', Digital Leaders, available here.

Woodcock, J. and Graham, M. (2019) 'How can we better regulate digital platform capitalism to protect workers?', Labour List, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2019) 'Playing for Power', Jacobin, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2018) 'Against the gamification of work', A Poetic Anthology of Capital, a reader for words don't come easy - money doesn't either at Kunst Im Tunnel.

Golden, M. and Woodcock, J. (2018) 'I'm Always There', so fi zine, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2018) 'Calling for Resistance: the Electronic Panopticon of Call Centers and the Neoliberal Future of Work', Economic Sociology and Political Economy, available here.

Woodcock, J., Donegan, B., Goard, S. (2018) 'A workers’ inquiry among academics: Hourly-paid teaching staff at Goldsmiths College, London', Notes from Below, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2017) 'Il faut organiser ces travailleurs', DÉmocratie & Socialisme, 249 (interview).

Woodcock, J. (2017) 'Working the phones – undercover in a call centre', New European Trade Union Forum, LSE, available here.

Waters, F. and Woodcock, J. (2017) 'Far From Seamless: a Workers’ Inquiry at Deliveroo', Viewpoint Magazine, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2017) 'Subjectivity in the "Gig Economy": From the Entreprecariat to Base Union Militancy', Pervasive Labour Union, Special Issue: The Entreprecariat, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2017) 'Does it still make sense to talk of a work ethic, and does work still provide recognition and a sense of meaning? How should this be negotiated in the future?', interview in Autonomy, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2017) 'Would you support the introduction of a Universal Basic Income?', interview in Autonomy, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2017) 'The hidden environmental impacts of "platform capitalism"', The Ecologist, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2017) 'Automation...and yet more work', interview in Autonomy, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2017) 'Slacking it? The problems of technology at work', LSE Business Review, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2017) 'How would you characterise the state of ‘work’ today and its recent developments? Is work in crisis – if so, how?', interview in Autonomy, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2017) 'What’s Wrong with Modern Work? Jamie Woodcock on the Taylor Review', Pluto Press Blog, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2017) 'All Work and No Play', BBC, Manchester International Festival, available here.

Interviewed in 'A ‘uberização’ e as encruzilhadas do mundo do trabalho', IHU Online, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2017) 'Automate this! delivering resistance in the gig economy', Mute, 10th March, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2017) 'As a call centre worker I saw how employees are stripped of their rights', The Guardian, 16th February, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2017) 'End of the line: surveillance, precarity and resistance in the call centre', openDemocracy, 13th January, available here.

Johnson, M. R. and Woodcock, J. (2016) ‘Understanding Twitch Chat: New Forms of Digital Community and Play’, Discover Society, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2016) ‘Deliveroo and UberEATS: organising in the gig economy in the UK’, Global Disconnections, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2016) ‘Learning lessons from Deliveroo and UberEATS’, Pluto Press Blog, available here.

Johnson, M. R. and Woodcock, J. (2016) ‘The Sociology of “streaming”’, The Sociological Imagination, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2016) ‘#Slaveroo: Deliveroo Drivers Organising in the “Gig Economy”’, Novara, available here.

Woodcock, J. and Toscano, A. (2016) ‘On the Poverty of Student Choice’, The Sociological Review Blog, available here.

Woodcock, J. and Johnson, M. R. (2016) ‘Researching the Growth of Esports in the UK’, Esports News UK, available here.

Woodcock, J. (2013) ‘Smile Down the Phone: An Attempt at a Workers’ Inquiry in a Call Center’, Viewpoint Magazine, 3.

Woodcock, J. (2013) ‘Logistics in London: New Centres of Resistance’, Oxford Left Review, 11.

Woodcock, J. (2013) ‘The Working Class in Britain Today’, Oxford Left Review, 10.

Woodcock, J. (2013) ‘The NUS and the left’, Oxford Left Review, 9.

Woodcock, J. and Evans, L. (2012) 'The Postgraduate Workers’ Association', The New Left Project, available here.


I helped to edit a submission from the IWGB for 'The future world of work and rights of workers' Parliamentary inquiry in 2017. You can find out more about the inquiry here and read the submission here.