Cycles and Circuits of Struggle in High-technology Capitalism
Author: Nick Dyer-Witheford
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252067952
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 344
View: 9837
In this highly readable and thought-provoking work, Nick Dyer-Witheford assesses the relevance of Marxism in our time and demonstrates how the information age, far from transcending the historic conflict between capital and its laboring subjects, constitutes the latest battleground in their encounter. Dyer-Witheford maps the dynamics of modern capitalism, showing how capital depends for its operations not just on exploitation in the immediate workplace, but on the continuous integration of a whole series of social sites and activities, from public health and maternity to natural resource allocation and the geographical reorganization of labor power. He also shows how these sites and activities may become focal points of subversion and insurgency, as new means of communication vital for the smooth flow of capital also permit otherwise isolated and dispersed points of resistance to connect and combine with one another. Cutting through the smokescreen of high-tech propaganda, Dyer-Witheford predicts the advent of a reinvented, "autonomist" Marxism that will rediscover the possibility of a collective, communist transformation of society. Refuting the utopian promises of the information revolution, he discloses the real potentialities for a new social order in the form of a twenty-first-century communism based on the common sharing of wealth.


Technoculture, Transhumanism, and Science Fiction in the Twenty-first Century
Author: Joshua Raulerson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1846319722
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 254
View: 8987
Amid the seemingly exponential advancement of technology and the increasingly portentous implications of its continued development and proliferation, many futurists speculate about an imminent historical threshold when the nature of human existence will be forever changed—the Singularity. In Singularities, Joshua Raulerson mounts a wide-ranging study of the Singularity as a subject for theory and cultural studies, drawing science fiction texts into a complex dialogue with digital culture, transhumanist movements, political and economic theory, consumer gadgetry, gaming, and related areas of our high-tech postmodernity. By doing so, he shows how the Singularity greatly shapes many of our contemporary anxieties and aspirations.

Globalization and Labour in the Twenty-First Century (Open Access)

Author: Verity Burgmann
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317227832
Category: Political Science
Page: 262
View: 1908
The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license.Globalization has adversely affected working-class organization and mobilization, increasing inequality by redistribution upwards from labour to capital. However, workers around the world are challenging their increased exploitation by globalizing corporations. In developed countries, many unions are transforming themselves to confront employer power in ways more appropriate to contemporary circumstances; in developing countries, militant new labour movements are emerging. Drawing upon insights in anti-determinist Marxian perspectives, Verity Burgmann shows how working-class resistance is not futile, as protagonists of globalization often claim. She identifies eight characteristics of globalization harmful to workers and describes and analyses how they have responded collectively to these problems since 1990 and especially this century. With case studies from around the world, including Greece since 2008, she pays particular attention to new types of labour movement organization and mobilization that are not simply defensive reactions but are offensive and innovative responses that compel corporations or political institutions to change. Aging and less agile manifestations of the labour movement decline while new expressions of working-class organization and mobilization arise to better battle with corporate globalization. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of labour studies, globalization, political economy, Marxism and sociology of work.

Constituent Imagination

Militant Investigations//collective Theorization
Author: Stevphen Shukaitis,David Graeber,Erika Biddle
Publisher: AK Press
ISBN: 9781904859352
Category: Political Science
Page: 336
View: 4275
From the ivory tower to the barricades! Radical intellectuals explore the relationship between research and resistance.

Common Wealth

Das Ende des Eigentums
Author: Michael Hardt,Antonio Negri
Publisher: Campus Verlag
ISBN: 3593391694
Category: Political Science
Page: 437
View: 1481
In der momentanen Krise wächst das gesellschaftliche Unbehagen am Kapitalismus. Viele Menschen fragen jetzt nach einer menschlicheren Alternative des Zusammenlebens. Eine Gesellschaft jenseits von Maximen wie Profit, Konkurrenz und Besitzdenken - ist das möglich? Michael Hardt und Antonio Negri, Autoren des Bestsellers äEmpireä, entwickeln in ihrem neuen grossen Werk einen provozierend optimistischen Gesellschaftsentwurf. Dieser beruht nicht mehr auf dem neoliberalen Gegensatz von Privatbesitz und öffentlichem Eigentum, sondern auf der Idee des Gemeinsamen (äcommonä). Ressourcen wie Wasser, Luft und Pflanzen und immaterielle Güter wie Wissen und Information gehören uns allen. Wenn wir sie teilen, wird der Weg frei für eine gerechtere Gesellschaft, an der alle partizipieren können. Im Streit um das politische Profil des 21. Jahrhunderts bieten die Autoren ein zentrales Gegengewicht zu all jenen, die uns weismachen wollen, dass die derzeitige Politik- und Wirtschaftsform die einzig mögliche sei.

The Cybercities Reader

Author: Stephen Graham
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415279567
Category: Social Science
Page: 444
View: 6665
How do the multifaceted realities of city regions interrelate in practice with new technologies in different ways in different places? This reader explores this question, providing an international and interdisciplinary analysis of the relationships between cities, urban life and new technologies.

The Global Genome

Biotechnology, Politics, and Culture
Author: Eugene Thacker
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262250306
Category: Science
Page: 464
View: 6062
How global biotechnology is redefining "life itself." In the age of global biotechnology, DNA can exist as biological material in a test tube, as a sequence in a computer database, and as economically valuable information in a patent. In The Global Genome, Eugene Thacker asks us to consider the relationship of these three entities and argues that—by their existence and their interrelationships—they are fundamentally redefining the notion of biological life itself. Biological science and the biotech industry are increasingly organized at a global level, in large part because of the use of the Internet in exchanging biological data. International genome sequencing efforts, genomic databases, the development of World Intellectual Property policies, and the "borderless" business of biotech are all evidence of the global intersections of biology and informatics—of genetic codes and computer codes. Thacker points out the internal tension in the very concept of biotechnology: the products are more "tech" than "bio," but the technology itself is fully biological, composed of the biomaterial labor of genes, proteins, cells, and tissues. Is biotechnology a technology at all, he asks, or is it a notion of "life itself" that is inseparable from its use in the biotech industry? The three sections of the book cover the three primary activities of biotechnology today: the encoding of biological materials into digital form—as in bioinformatics and genomics; its recoding in various ways—including the "biocolonialism" of mapping genetically isolated ethnic populations and the newly pervasive concern over "biological security"; and its decoding back into biological materiality—as in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Thacker moves easily from science to philosophy to political economics, enlivening his account with ideas from such thinkers as Georges Bataille, Georges Canguilhem, Michel Foucault, Antonio Negri, and Paul Virilio. The "global genome," says Thacker, makes it impossible to consider biotechnology without the context of globalism.

Diskursphänomen Cybermobbing

Ein internetlinguistischer Zugang zu [digitaler] Gewalt
Author: Konstanze Marx
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3110561603
Category: Psychology
Page: 400
View: 2905
Cybermobbing ist ein spezifischer Typ digitaler Gewalt, der vor allem unter Kindern und Jugendlichen vorkommt und in den Fokus der breiten Öffentlichkeit geraten ist. Die Cybermobbing-Forschung ist geprägt von zahlreichen sozialpsychologischen und medienwissenschaftlichen Studien. Eine linguistische Beschäftigung mit konkretem Sprachmaterial stand jedoch bis heute aus. Im vorliegenden Buch wird anhand vieler authentischer Beispiele erörtert, wie sich Cybermobbing im Netz zeigt, in welchen Formvarianten es als kommunikatives Phänomen in Erscheinung tritt und wie die Spezifik der Online-Kommunikation in der virtuellen Welt Einfluss auf die spezifischen Prozesse dieser verbalen Gewalt nimmt. Umfangreiche Detailanalysen helfen, die Spezifik des Emotionspotenzials dieser Texte besser zu verstehen. Das Buch ist einerseits für die spezifische Medialität digitaler Kommunikation und somit die Medienlinguistik allgemein äußerst relevant, andererseits bildet es einen wichtigen Referenzpunkt für künftige Untersuchungen anderer Formen verbaler Gewalt in der digitalen Kommunikation wie auch in anderen Kommunikationsformen.

Networking Research

New Directions in Educational Enquiry
Author: Patrick Carmichael
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441137777
Category: Education
Page: 196
View: 6724
The educational world is increasingly dominated by 'network rhetoric'; not only are teachers and learners seen as participants in networks, the availability of low-cost electronic devices, collaborative environments and new forms of data 'born digital' have changed the nature of education research. How can researchers and research-informed practitioners best engage in and with networks and develop effective networking practices? How might networks and networking be conceptualized in order to frame and support their work in and on networks? How do networks relate to existing organizational forms and how might new networking practices emerge? This book draws on extensive research into educational research networks in schools, colleges and informal education settings to explore these questions. Carmichael combines theoretical insights into networks from different disciplinary backgrounds and awareness of technological developments, with the accounts of teachers, researchers, and technologists. He considers how educational research as a field is changing, how individual and collective research capacities might develop, identifies new research approaches and discusses the emerging role of the 'researcher-networker'.

Resisting Ethics

Author: S. Schaffer
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1403980152
Category: Philosophy
Page: 326
View: 1456
Resisting Ethics is a new contribution to an ongoing debate on how the world can be improved. Starting with the notion that resistance and ethics are theoretically and practically intertwined, Schaffer develops a new socially oriented ethics based on the practical experience of resistance and ethics. Borrowing from and extending the ideas of Sartre, Merleau-Ponty and Bourdieu, and using case studies of the Algerian Revolution and the Zapatista rebellion, Schaffer argues that existentialism can give us new insights into how we can and should act ethically in the world. Resisting Ethics is a wide-ranging work and represents a new kind of intervention into issues of social justice and resistance.


War and Democracy in the Age of Empire
Author: Michael Hardt,Antonio Negri
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 110101041X
Category: Political Science
Page: 448
View: 3545
In their international bestseller Empire, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri presented a grand unified vision of a world in which the old forms of imperialism are no longer effective. But what of Empire in an age of “American empire”? Has fear become our permanent condition and democracy an impossible dream? Such pessimism is profoundly mistaken, the authors argue. Empire, by interconnecting more areas of life, is actually creating the possibility for a new kind of democracy, allowing different groups to form a multitude, with the power to forge a democratic alternative to the present world order.Exhilarating in its optimism and depth of insight, Multitude consolidates Hardt and Negri’s stature as two of the most important political philosophers at work in the world today.

Literarische Spaziergänge im Internet

Bücher und Bibliotheken online
Author: Reinhard Kaiser
Publisher: N.A
Category: Computer network resources
Page: 191
View: 6800

De glazen kooi

Wat automatisering met ons doet
Author: Nicholas Carr
Publisher: Maven Publishing
ISBN: 9491845411
Page: 336
View: 4937
In Het ondiepe liet Nicholas Carr ons zien wat internet met onze hersenen doet. In De glazen kooi opent hij ons de ogen voor een van de belangrijkste trends van het moment: de automatisering van onze samenleving. De voordelen liggen voor de hand, denk aan zelfrijdende auto’s, medische robots en gespecialiseerde apps. We geven taken uit handen aan machines, die het vaak sneller en beter kunnen en vervolgens hebben wij de vrijheid om onze tijd aan andere zaken te besteden. Volgens Nicholas Carr staat er echter veel op het spel: onze creativiteit en individuele talenten blijken op onverwachte manieren vervlochten met de taken die we uitbesteden. Wie alleen nog maar op zijn rekenmachine vertrouwt, zal wiskunde nooit echt goed begrijpen; wie alleen nog navigatiesoftware gebruikt, zal zijn richtingsgevoel kwijtraken. En het gaat nog veel verder dan rekenmachines en TomToms alleen. De talenten en vaardigheden van onze piloten, artsen, managers, docenten en politici veranderen op ingrijpende wijze als gevolg van automatisering. Technologie brengt ons veel goeds, maar het creëert ook een glazen kooi die ons beperkt. Dit najaar maakt Nicholas Carr deze kooi zichtbaar.

Kapital und Karma

Author: Angelika Fitz
Publisher: Cantz
Category: Art, Indic
Page: 237
View: 2664


Global Labour in the Digital Vortex
Author: Nick Dyer-Witheford
Publisher: Between the Lines
ISBN: 1771132221
Category: Social Science
Page: 240
View: 1372
The utopian promise of the internet, much talked about even a few years ago, has given way to brutal realities: coltan mines in the Congo, electronics factories in China, devastated neighborhoods in Detroit. Cyber-Proletariat shows us the dark-side of the information revolution through an unsparing analysis of class power and computerization. Dyer-Witheford investigates how technology facilitates growing polarization between wealthy elites and precarious workers. He reveals the class domination behind everything from expanding online surveillance to intensifying robotization. At the same time, he looks at possibilities for information technology within radical movements.

21st Century Digital Boy

Masculinities, Performance, Interactive Games and the Digital Imaginary
Author: Derek Alexander Burrill
Publisher: N.A
Page: 680
View: 7525

Information Wissenschaft & Praxis

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Documentation
Page: N.A
View: 9606

International review of social history

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Page: N.A
View: 6243

Readings in Law and Popular Culture

Author: Guy Osborn,Steve Greenfield
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 9780415376471
Category: Law
Page: 328
View: 7984
Readings in Law and Popular Culture is the first book to bring together high quality research, with an emphasis on context, from key researchers working at the cutting-edge of both law and cultural disciplines. Fascinating and varied, the volume crosses many boundaries, dealing with areas as diverse as football-based computer games, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, digital sampling in the music industry, the films of Sidney Lumet, football hooliganism, and Enid Blyton. These topics are linked together through the key thread of the role of, or the absence of, law - therefore providing a snapshot of significant work in the burgeoning field of law and popular culture. Including important theoretical and truly innovative, relevant material, this contemporary text will enliven and inform a legal audience, and will also appeal to a much broader readership of people interested in this highly topical area.

Social Science Review

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Social sciences
Page: N.A
View: 1581