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Technology, Labour and Politics in the 21st Century: Old Struggles in New Clothing

  • Paško Bilić
  • Jaka Primorac
  • Bjarki Valtýsson
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Part of the Dynamics of Virtual Work book series (DVW)

Abstract

Bilić, Primorac and Valtýsson provide an overview of how technology, labour and politics can be problematized. The book is divided into four parts, each emphasising different aspects of the complex issue at hand from a variety of social science and humanities perspectives. Contradictions are taken as heuristic devices that help them understand the frictions between technology and labour. The ‘Technology, Labour and Politics in the 21st Century—Old Struggles in New Clothing’ finds three cross-cutting issues defining this area. First, labour and economic valorisation are increasingly occurring outside of the traditional concept of work. Second, digital technology does not imply a fixed existence under capital. It is malleable and mouldable. Third, contradictions between digital technologies and labour display political tensions without organized awareness or dissent.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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