[lbo-talk] New open access book: Digital Objects, Digital Subjects: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Capitalism, Labour and Politics in the Age of Big Data

Christian Fuchs christian.fuchs at uti.at
Wed Jan 30 23:18:13 PST 2019

New open access book: David Chandler and Christian Fuchs, eds. 2019. Digital Objects, Digital Subjects: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Capitalism, Labour and Politics in the Age of Big Data. London: University of Westminster Press. ISBN 978-1-912656-20-2.


This volume explores activism, research and critique in the age of big data capitalism.

Published by University of Westminster Press. Available as affordable paperback and free open access book.

The book has a conversational nature so that each contribution is followed by a response/reflection.

With contributions by Joanna Boehnert, Elisabetta Brighi, David Chandler, Robert Cowley, Jodi Dean, Christian Fuchs, Paolo Gerbaudo, Peter Goodwin, Kylie Jarrett, Anastasia Kavada, Phoebe V. Moore, Toni Negri, Jack L. Qiu, Paul Rekret, Paulina Tambakaki.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Big Data Capitalism – Politics, Activism, and Theory 1-20 Christian Fuchs and David Chandler

Section I: Digital Capitalism and Big Data Capitalism

Digital Governance in the Anthropocene: The Rise of the Correlational Machine 23-42 David Chandler Beyond Big Data Capitalism, Towards Dialectical Digital Modernity: Reflections on David Chandler’s Chapter 43-51 Christian Fuchs

Karl Marx in the Age of Big Data Capitalism 53-71 Christian Fuchs What is at Stake in the Critique of Big Data? Reflections on Christian Fuchs’s Chapter 73-79 David Chandler

Seeing Like a Cyborg? The Innocence of Posthuman Knowledge 81-94 Paul Rekret Posthumanism as a Spectrum: Reflections on Paul Rekret’s Chapter 95-100 Robert Cowley

Section II: Digital Labour

Through the Reproductive Lens: Labour and Struggle at the Intersection of Culture and Economy 103-116 Kylie Jarrett Contradictions in the Twitter Social Factory: Reflections on Kylie Jarrett’s Chapter 117-123 Joanna Boehnert

E(a)ffective Precarity, Control and Resistance in the Digitalised Workplace 125-144 Phoebe V. Moore Beyond Repression: Reflections on Phoebe Moore’s Chapter 145-150 Elisabetta Brighi

Goodbye iSlave: Making Alternative Subjects Through Digital Objects 151-164 Jack Linchuan Qiu Wage-Workers, Not Slaves: Reflections on Jack Qiu’s Chapter 165-167 Peter Goodwin

Section III: Digital Politics

Critique or Collectivity? Communicative Capitalism and the Subject of Politics 171-182 Jodi Dean Subjects, Contexts and Modes of Critique: Reflections on Jodi Dean’s Chapter 183-186 Paulina Tambakaki

The Platform Party: The Transformation of Political Organisation in the Era of Big Data 187-198 Paolo Gerbaudo The Movement Party – Winning Elections and Transforming Democracy in a Digital Era: Reflections on Paolo Gerbaudo’s Chapter 199-204 Anastasia Kavada

The Appropriation of Fixed Capital: A Metaphor? 205-214 Antonio Negri Appropriation of Digital Machines and Appropriation of Fixed Capital as the Real Appropriation of Social Being: Reflections on Toni Negri’s Chapter 215-221 Christian Fuchs

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