<unlike-us> Rereading Marx in the Age of Digital Capitalism

Christian Fuchs christian.fuchs at uti.at
Mon Oct 28 12:23:35 CET 2019


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

Introduction:
http://fuchs.uti.at/books/rereading-marx-in-the-age-of-digital-capitalism/
Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32YXLWXaHMY&feature=youtu.be

"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”

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

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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