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The Soul at Work: From Alienation to Autonomy (Semiotext(e) / Foreign… (utgåvan 2009)

av Franco "Bifo" Berardi (Författare), Sylvere Lotringer (Series Editor), Francesca Cadel (Översättare), Giuseppina Mecchia (Översättare), Jason E. Smith (Förord)

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An examination of new forms of alienation in our never-off, plugged-in culture--and a clarion call for a "conspiracy of estranged people." We can reach every point in the world but, more importantly, we can be reached from any point in the world. Privacy and its possibilities are abolished. Attention is under siege everywhere. Not silence but uninterrupted noise, not the red desert, but a cognitive space overcharged with nervous incentives to act: this is the alienation of our times...--from The Soul at Work Capital has managed to overcome the dualism of body and soul by establishing a workforce in which everything we mean by the Soul--language, creativity, affects--is mobilized for its own benefit. Industrial production put to work bodies, muscles, and arms. Now, in the sphere of digital technology and cyberculture, exploitation involves the mind, language, and emotions in order to generate value--while our bodies disappear in front of our computer screens. In this, his newest book, Franco "Bifo" Berardi--key member of the Italian Autonomist movement and a close associate of Félix Guattari--addresses these new forms of estrangement. In the philosophical landscape of the 1960s and 1970s, the Hegelian concept of alienation was used to define the harnessing of subjectivity. The estrangement of workers from their labor, the feeling of alienation they experienced, and their refusal to submit to it became the bases for a human community that remained autonomous from capital. But today a new condition of alienation has taken root in which workers commonly and voluntarily work overtime, the population is tethered to cell phones and Blackberries, debt has become a postmodern form of slavery, and antidepressants are commonly used to meet the unending pressure of production. As a result, the conditions for community have run aground and new philosophical categories are needed. The Soul at Work is a clarion call for a new collective effort to reclaim happiness. The Soul at Work is Bifo's long overdue introduction to English-speaking readers. This Semiotext(e) edition is also the book's first appearance in any language.… (mer)
Medlem:jonfaith
Titel:The Soul at Work: From Alienation to Autonomy (Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents)
Författare:Franco "Bifo" Berardi (Författare)
Andra författare:Sylvere Lotringer (Series Editor), Francesca Cadel (Översättare), Giuseppina Mecchia (Översättare), Jason E. Smith (Förord)
Info:Semiotext(e) (2009), Edition: 1st Edition, 232 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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In his Letter on Humanism Heidegger already shows how humanism is in danger: it is actually condemned by the 'beyond the human' that is implicit in the mathematization and the digitalization of knowledge of knowledge, and by the automatization of life. The will to power produced the instruments of its own end, and the end of human freedom, that is to say the quintessentially human: since human is situated in a space of freedom that technology eliminates.

It should not be inferred that Berardi meditates on Heidegger in this remarkable book. The Soul At Work is about labor, this practice of work, about the wages in which we wallow or wither. The text is also about the flux about what constitutes labor in the technological world of data and automation. This present crisis is one of Semiocapitalism: the outgrowth of our virtual economies and the prevalence of the Cognitariat - the knowledge worker and all that such entails.

Berardi begins his book with an examination of social philosophy form Hegel through the epistemological break between early and late Marx and on through Gramsci and Marcuse. The effect of such Leftist thought on the changing labor realities of the 1960s and 70s is explored. There a trio of tempests which engage burgeoning techno-realities of the 80s and 90s: Deleuze/Guattari, Foucault and Baudrillard. This is an interesting section, bubbling with thought.

Soul At Work is a much more rigorous book than Heroes, my introduction to Berradi. I am glad for his meticulous construction, though aspects remain speculation in my opinion. That said, it is refreshing to encounter the following diagnosis and prescription in these jaded times.


Society does not need more work, more jobs, more competition. On the contrary: we need a massive reduction in work-time, a prodigious liberation of life from the social factory, in order to reweave the fabric of the social relation.

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An examination of new forms of alienation in our never-off, plugged-in culture--and a clarion call for a "conspiracy of estranged people." We can reach every point in the world but, more importantly, we can be reached from any point in the world. Privacy and its possibilities are abolished. Attention is under siege everywhere. Not silence but uninterrupted noise, not the red desert, but a cognitive space overcharged with nervous incentives to act: this is the alienation of our times...--from The Soul at Work Capital has managed to overcome the dualism of body and soul by establishing a workforce in which everything we mean by the Soul--language, creativity, affects--is mobilized for its own benefit. Industrial production put to work bodies, muscles, and arms. Now, in the sphere of digital technology and cyberculture, exploitation involves the mind, language, and emotions in order to generate value--while our bodies disappear in front of our computer screens. In this, his newest book, Franco "Bifo" Berardi--key member of the Italian Autonomist movement and a close associate of Félix Guattari--addresses these new forms of estrangement. In the philosophical landscape of the 1960s and 1970s, the Hegelian concept of alienation was used to define the harnessing of subjectivity. The estrangement of workers from their labor, the feeling of alienation they experienced, and their refusal to submit to it became the bases for a human community that remained autonomous from capital. But today a new condition of alienation has taken root in which workers commonly and voluntarily work overtime, the population is tethered to cell phones and Blackberries, debt has become a postmodern form of slavery, and antidepressants are commonly used to meet the unending pressure of production. As a result, the conditions for community have run aground and new philosophical categories are needed. The Soul at Work is a clarion call for a new collective effort to reclaim happiness. The Soul at Work is Bifo's long overdue introduction to English-speaking readers. This Semiotext(e) edition is also the book's first appearance in any language.

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