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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Andrew Ross (born 1956) is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University (NYU), and a social activist and analyst. He has authored and edited numerous books, and written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, Newsweek, and Al Jazeera. Much of his writing focuses on labor, the urban environment, and the organisation of work, from the Western world of business and high-technology to conditions of offshore labour in the Global South. Making use of social theory as well as ethnography, his writing questions the human and environmental cost of economic growth. Outside his field, Ross is known as a recipient of the 1996 Ignoble prize for literature for his part in the Sokal hoax.


  • Creditocracy and the Case for Debt Refusal (OR Books, 2014)
  • The Exorcist and the Machines (Kassel, Documenta, 2012)
  • Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City (Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times (NYU Press, 2009)
  • Fast Boat to China: Corporate Flight and the Consequences of Free Trade–Lessons from Shanghai (Pantheon, 2006, Paperback edition, Vintage, 2007)
  • Low Pay, High Profile: The Global Push for Fair Labor (New Press, 2004)
  • No-Collar: The Humane Workplace and its Hidden Costs (Basic Books, 2003) ( Paperback edition, Temple University Press, 2004)
  • The Celebration Chronicles: Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Property Value in Disney’s New Town (New York: Ballantine, 1999) (London, Verso, 2000)
  • Real Love: In Pursuit of Cultural Justice (NYU Press, 1998)
  • The Chicago Gangster Theory of Life: Nature's Debt to Society (Verso, 1994)
  • Strange Weather: Culture, Science and Technology in the Age of Limits (Verso, 1991)
  • No Respect: Intellectuals and Popular Culture (Routledge, 1989)
  • The Failure of Modernism: Symptoms of American Poetry (Columbia University Press, 1986)

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