Digital Objects, Digital Subjects: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Capitalism, Labour and Politics in the Age of Big Data

Digital Objects, Digital Subjects: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Capitalism, Labour and Politics in the Age of Big Data

Edited by David Chandler and Christian Fuchs

This volume explores activism, research and critique in the age of digital subjects and objects and Big Data capitalism after a digital turn said to have radically transformed our political futures. Optimists assert that the ‘digital’ promises: new forms of community and ways of knowing and sensing, innovation, participatory culture, networked activism, and distributed democracy. Pessimists argue that digital technologies have extended domination via new forms of control, networked authoritarianism and exploitation, dehumanization and the surveillance society. Leading international scholars present varied interdisciplinary assessments of such claims – in theory and via dialogue – and of the digital’s impact on society and the potentials, pitfalls, limits and ideologies, of digital activism. They reflect on whether computational social science, digital humanities and ubiquitous datafication lead to digital positivism that threatens critical research or lead to new horizons in theory and society.


Introduction: Big Data Capitalism – Politics, Activism, and Theory 1-20, Christian Fuchs and David Chandler

Section I: Digital Capitalism and Big Data Capitalism

Digital Governance in the Anthropocene: The Rise of the Correlational Machine 23-42, David Chandler
Beyond Big Data Capitalism, Towards Dialectical Digital Modernity: Reflections on David Chandler’s Chapter 43-51, Christian Fuchs
Karl Marx in the Age of Big Data Capitalism 53-71, Christian Fuchs
What is at Stake in the Critique of Big Data? Reflections on Christian Fuchs’s Chapter 73-79, David Chandler
Seeing Like a Cyborg? The Innocence of Posthuman Knowledge 81-94, Paul Rekret
Posthumanism as a Spectrum: Reflections on Paul Rekret’s Chapter 95-100, Robert Cowley

Section II: Digital Labour

Through the Reproductive Lens: Labour and Struggle at the Intersection of Culture and Economy 103-116, Kylie Jarrett
Contradictions in the Twitter Social Factory: Reflections on Kylie Jarrett’s Chapter 117-123, Joanna Boehnert
E(a)ffective Precarity, Control and Resistance in the Digitalised Workplace 125-144, Phoebe V. Moore
Beyond Repression: Reflections on Phoebe Moore’s Chapter 145-150 Elisabetta Brighi
Goodbye iSlave: Making Alternative Subjects Through Digital Objects 151-164, Jack Linchuan Qiu
Wage-Workers, Not Slaves: Reflections on Jack Qiu’s Chapter 165-167, Peter Goodwin

Section III: Digital Politics

Critique or Collectivity? Communicative Capitalism and the Subject of Politics 171-182, Jodi Dean
Subjects, Contexts and Modes of Critique: Reflections on Jodi Dean’s Chapter 183-186, Paulina Tambakaki
The Platform Party: The Transformation of Political Organisation in the Era of Big Data 187-198, Paolo Gerbaudo
The Movement Party – Winning Elections and Transforming Democracy in a Digital Era: Reflections on Paolo Gerbaudo’s Chapter 199-204, Anastasia Kavada
The Appropriation of Fixed Capital: A Metaphor? 205-214, Antonio Negri
Appropriation of Digital Machines and Appropriation of Fixed Capital as the Real Appropriation of Social Being: Reflections on Toni Negri’s Chapter 215-221, Christian Fuchs

Christian Fuchs is a Professor at the Communication and Media Research Institute at the University of Westminster, and a member of IAMCR. 

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Title: Digital Objects, Digital Subjects: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Capitalism, Labour and Politics in the Age of Big Data
Editors: David Chandler and Christian Fuchs
Published: 2019
Pages: 248
Publisher: University of Westminster Press

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