Technologies of Labour and the Politics of Contradiction

  • Paško  Bilić
  • Jaka Primorac
  • Bjarki Valtýsson

Part of the Dynamics of Virtual Work book series (DVW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Paško Bilić, Jaka Primorac, Bjarki Valtýsson
    Pages 1-16
  3. Contradictions in Automation and Internet Platforms

  4. Contradictions in Digital Practices and Creative Industries

  5. Contradictions in Human Interaction and Communication

  6. Contradictions in Democratic Participation and Regulation

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 291-296

About this book


‘This book could mark a ‘maturing’ of the digital labour debates, and as such is to be welcomed.’

‒ Nick Dyer-Witheford, University of Western Ontario, Canada


‘This empirically wide-ranging analysis of the labour-technology relationship could not be more timely or pressing.’

‒ Juliet Webster, Work & Equality Research, UK


‘An excellent contribution to current debates in the trend toward labour capture in digitalized environments.’

‒ Phoebe V Moore, Leicester University Business School, UK

This book is situated in the nexus between technology, labour and politics. It focuses on contradictions as heuristic devices that uncover struggles, frictions and ambiguities of digitalization in work and labour environments. Topics include contradictions in automation, internet platforms, digital practices, creative industries, communication industries, human interaction, democratic participation and regulation. Three cross-cutting themes can be identified within the diverse chapters represented in the book. First, many authors argue that labour and economic valorisation occur outside of the traditional concept of working space and time. Second, digital technology is not fixed under capital. It is malleable and mouldable. Third, many political tensions are occurring without organized awareness or dissent. The book will, therefore, be of interest to researchers and students in the fields of sociology of work, media studies, cultural studies, gender studies, science and technology studies and Critical Theory as well as to trade-unionists and policy makers.


Critical perspective Value extraction Exploited labour Gender divide Social agency Consumption

Editors and affiliations

  • Paško  Bilić
    • 1
  • Jaka Primorac
    • 2
  • Bjarki Valtýsson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department for Culture and CommunicationInstitute for Development and International RelationsZagrebCroatia
  2. 2.Department for Culture and CommunicationInstitute for Development and International RelationsZagrebCroatia
  3. 3.Department of Arts and Cultural StudiesUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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