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ERIC Number: ED527956
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 341
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-4331-0982-9
Cognitive Capitalism, Education and Digital Labor
Peters, Michael A., Ed.; Bulut, Ergin, Ed.
Peter Lang New York
Cognitive capitalism--sometimes referred to as "third capitalism," after mercantilism and industrial capitalism--is an increasingly significant theory, given its focus on the socio-economic changes caused by Internet and Web 2.0 technologies that have transformed the mode of production and the nature of labor. The theory of cognitive capitalism has its origins in French and Italian thinkers, particularly Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's "Capitalism and Schizophrenia," Michel Foucault's work on the birth of biopower and Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri's "Empire and Multitude," as well as the Italian Autonomist Marxist movement that had its origins in the Italian operaismo (workerism) of the 1960s. In this collection, leading international scholars explore the significance of cognitive capitalism for education, especially focusing on the question of digital labor. Contents of this book include: (1) Foreword (Antonio Negri); (2) Introduction (Michael A. Peters and Ergin Bulut); (3) Intellectual Labor (Timothy Brennan); (4) A Critique of "Cognitive Capitalism" (George Caffentzis); (5) On Affective Labor (Silvia Federici); (6) Cognitive Capitalism or Informational Capitalism? The Role of Class in the Information Economy (Christian Fuchs); (7) Cognitive Capitalist Pedagogy and Its Discontents (Jonathan Beller); (8) Creative Economy: Seeds of Social Collaboration or Capital's Hunt for General Intellect and Imagination? (Ergin Bulut); (9) Learning to Immaterial Labour 2.0: Facebook and Social Networks (Mark Cote and Jennifer Pybus); (10) Pedagogies of Cognitive Capitalism--Challenging the Critical Subject (Emma Dowling); (11) Creativity as an Educational Problematic within the Biopolitical Economy (Alex Means); (12) For Fun, For Profit, For Empire: The University and Electronic Games (Toby Miller); (13) Algorithmic Capitalism and Educational Futures (Michael A. Peters); (14) The Limits of Autonomy: Cognitive Capitalism and University Struggles (Alberto Toscano); (15) In the Ruined Laboratory of Futuristic Accumulation: Immaterial Labour and the University Crisis (Nick Dyer-Witheford); (16) The Confinement of Academic Freedom and Critical Thinking in a Changing Corporate World: South African Universities (Tahir Wood); and (17) Afterword: The Unmaking of Education in the Age of Globalization, Neoliberalism and Information (Cameron McCarthy).
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa