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[Commlist] New book: Rereading Marx in the Age of Digital Capitalism

Mon Oct 28 18:19:42 GMT 2019

New book

Fuchs, Christian. 2019. Rereading Marx in the Age of Digital Capitalism. London: Pluto Press.


"Fuchs rereads Marx in the present, in that tangle of explosive contradictions, indicating with clarity and force the necessary path of theoretical militancy today" – Antonio Negri, author of “Political Descartes: Reason, Ideology and the Bourgeois Project”

"The concepts Fuchs revisits are essential to a critical media and communication theory for the twenty-first century. A must reread!" – Janet Wasko, President of the International Association for Media and Communication Research

“Christian Fuchs is the world’s foremost Marxist analyst of contemporary capitalist media"
- Jodi Dean, author of “The Communist Horizon”

“A fascinating, comprehensive, and persuasive account of Marxism’s continued relevance for understanding – and changing – our contemporary digital world”
– Nick Srnicek, author of “Platform Capitalism”

The book's "fusion of deep Marxist scholarship with highly contemporary case studies, ranging from digital automation to new thinking about anti-capitalist struggle, is not to be missed” – Nick Dyer-Witheford, author of ‘Cyber-Proletariat: Global Labour in the Digital Vortex’

The ‘end of history’ has not taken place. Ideological andeconomic crisis and the status quo of neoliberal capitalism since 2008 demand a renewed engagement with Marx. But if we are to effectively resist capitalism we must truly understand Marx: Marxism today must theorise how communication technologies, media representation and digitalisation have come to define contemporary capitalism. There is an urgent need for critical, Marxian-inspired knowledge as a foundation for changing the world and the way we communicate from digital capitalism towards communicative socialism and digital communism. "Rereading Marx in the Age of Digital Capitalism" does exactly this. Delving into Marx’s most influential works, such as Capital, The Grundrisse, Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts, The German Ideology and The Communist Manifesto, Christian Fuchs draws out Marx’s concepts of machinery, technology, communication and ideology, all of which anticipate major themes of the digital age. A concise and coherent work of Marxist media and communication theory, the book ultimately demonstrates the relevance of Marx to an age of digital and communicative capitalism.

Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Rereading Marx in the Age of Digital Capitalism
2. Rereading Marx’s ‘Capital’ in the Information Age
3. Rereading Marx as Critical Sociologist of Technology
4. Rereading Marx as Critical Theorist of Communication
5. Rereading Marx in the Age of Digital Capitalism: The Case of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet as the Digital German Ideology 6. Rereading Marx in the Age of Digital Capitalism: Reflections on Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s Book ‘Assembly’
7. Conclusion

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