Autonomy: Capitalism, Class and Politics by David Eden

By David Eden

"Autonomy: Capital, type and Politics" explores and opinions the most dynamic terrains of political concept occasionally known as 'Autonomist Marxism' or post-Operaismo. This conception shot to prominence with the ebook of "Empire" through Hardt and Negri and has been linked to leading edge advancements in political and cultural perform; but there exists no paintings that severely examines it in its modern breadth. Taking 3 divergent manifestations of Autonomist Marxism present in the works of Antonio Negri and Paul Virno, the "Midnight Notes Collective" and John Holloway, David Eden examines how every one method questions the character of sophistication and modern capitalism and the way they extrapolate politics. not just is such juxtaposition either fruitful and exceptional yet Eden then constructs opinions of every technique and attracts out deeper universal issues. Suggesting a singular rethinking of emancipatory praxis, this e-book offers a far wanted perception into the present tensions and clashes inside society and politics.

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73 This rejection of the solidity of capitalist categories implies also a rejection of the temporality that is associated with such solidity. There is not a oneoff moment of enclosure – but a constant contested struggle; both wrapped around each other. It also means that struggle is not outside what is fetishised, but within it, yet its negativity and its refusal offers the possibly of breaking out. Fetishism, refusal and revolution are thus spun together across the social terrain in openended and multiple points of contestation – this is the ‘madness of capitalism’.

174–75. The Perspective of Autonomy 25 Fortunati focusses such an understanding so clearly on the sphere of reproduction and thus highlights what in liberal theory is seen as private and excluded from the public realm is in fact a necessity for the continual accumulation of capital. Even if the familiar Marxist concepts of state and ideology don’t carry the subtleties that many post-structuralist ones do such feminist work clearly shows the importance of directly unpaid reproductive labour and the ability for reproductive labourers to resist and challenge capitalism.

1021. 20 This raises a host of questions: When did this happen? And where? Marx writes as if this moment of real subsumption is emerging or has emerged as he writes. Yet capitalism has changed massively since then − and the development of capitalism is uneven. With confidence we can look at the modern metropolis and say that life is subsumed by the relations of capital – the commodity, wage-labour, (cyber-)industrialisation etc. – but what about in the peripheries, that is if they even still exist?

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