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De l’ouvrier-masse au travail cognitif. Valeur, travail et répartition dans le capitalisme cognitif


  • Vercellone, Carlo

    () (Université Paris 1)


In the following essay, we will attempt to reconstruct the essential characteristics of the transition from the class composition of the mass worker to that of immaterial and cognitive labour. The essay adopts an approach that directly combines theory and history. The first section is devoted to presenting the methods and concepts on which a post-workerist analysis of capitalism’s dynamic is based. We will also address some crucial theoretical and political implications concerning the historical significance of the law of value and its crisis. The second and third sections will be devoted to putting the crisis of Fordism and the transition to cognitive capitalism in historical perspective. We will look closely at cognitive capitalism’s origin, its significance and what is at stake within it. Finally, we will show how the ever more central role of rent income deplaces the terms of the traditional antagonism based on the opposition between wages and company profit.

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  • Vercellone, Carlo, 2011. "De l’ouvrier-masse au travail cognitif. Valeur, travail et répartition dans le capitalisme cognitif," European Journal of Economic and Social Systems, Lavoisier, vol. 24(1-2), pages 15-43.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:ejessy:0025

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