prescriptive, the term immaterial labour was coined by Lazzarato (), but became elements of the immaterial labour Hardt and Negri (ibid.) seek to. In this article (translated from Italian by Paul Colilli and Ed Emory), Maurizio Lazzarato sets out to describe the idea of “immaterial labor the. Maurizio Lazzarato Immaterial Labor – Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online. Maurizio Lazzarato’s original essay on immaterial labor from.

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All the characteristics of the postindustrial economy both in industry and society as a whole are highly present within the classic forms of “immaterial” production: Because audience reception, a creative act in its own right, becomes part of the product, companies must struggle to control and subordinate that creative response ,5. In the first place, as the addressee of the ideological product, the public is a constitutive element of the production process.

These ideological products are completely internal to the processes of the formation of lazazrato communication; that is, they are at once the results and the prerequisites of these processes. Ideological products are transformed into commodities without ever losing their specificity; that is, they are always addressed immmaterial someone, lazzraato are “ideally signifying, ” and thus they pose the problem of “meaning.

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This page was last edited on 4 Decemberat In brief, the term labour reformed by ages. By this I mean that, unlike the position held by many theoreticians of post-Fordism, I do immatrrial believe that this new labor power is merely functional to a new historical phase of capitalism and its processes of accumulation and reproduction.

It is not simply that intellectual labor has become subjected to the norms of capitalist production. Thus the superior levels of the middle classes are the ones that create fashion, and the lower classes attempt to imitate them. A significant amount of empirical research has been conducted concerning the new forms of the organization of work.

The term ideological does not characterize the product as a “reflection” of reality, as false or true consciousness of reality. The subjugation of this form of cooperation and the “use value” of these skills to capitalist logic does not take away the autonomy of the constitution and meaning of immate – rial labor.

The Autonomy of the Productive Synergies of Immaterial Labor My working hypothesis, then, is that the cycle of immaterial labor takes as its starting point a social labor power that is independent and able to organize both its own work and its relations with business entities. Log In Sign Up. Her historical research lends itself to this broader discussion, “They were cited as evidence that digital work—the work of the hand and its digits—could be painlessly transferred from the indigenous cultural context into the world of technological commercial innovation, benefiting both in the process.


From a strictly economic point of view, the cycle of reproduction of immaterial labor dislocates the production-consumption relationship as it is defined as much by the “virtuous Keynesian circle” as by the Marxist reproduction schemes of the second volume of Capital. The capitalist needs to find an unmediated way of establishing command over subjectivity itself; the prescription and definition of tasks transforms into a prescription of subjectivities.

The second, Bakhtin’s, in refusing to accept the capitalist division of labor as a given, elaborate a theory of social creativity. The communicational relationship both vertically and horizontally is thus completely predetermined in both form and content; it is subordinated to the “circulation of information” and is not expected to be anything other. Retrieved from ” https: You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Immaterial Labor

In this process of socialization and subsumption within the economy of intellectual activity the “ideological” product tends to assume the form of a commodity. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Sociology and labor economics, being systemic disciplines, are both incapable of detaching themselves from this position. The integration of scientific labor into industrial and tertiary labor has become one of the principal sources of productivity, and it is becoming a growing factor in the cycles of production that organize it.

Immaterial Labor – Maurizio Lazzarato

As I have already said, my hypothesis is this: Immaterial labor produces first and foremost a “social relationship” a lazzsrato of innovation, production, and consumption.

Once the privileged domain lazzarago the bourgeoisie and its children, these activities have since the end of the s become the domain of what we have come to define as “mass intellectuality.

The concept of “interface” used by communications sociologists provides a fair definition of the activities of this kind of worker – as an interface between different functions, between different work teams, between different levels of the hierarchy, and so forth. The consumer is no longer limited to consuming commodities destroying them in the act of consumption. Immaterial labor constitutes itself in immediately collective forms that exist as networks and flows. Industry’s control over this new labor power presupposes the independent organization laboue “free entrepreneurial activity” of the labor power.

How does the production of subjectivity take place lazarato this process? At a deeper level, this model accepts the division of labor founded on the opposition between manual and intellectual labor that has as its end the regulation and “mystification” of the social process of creation and innovation.

Because the capitalist entrepreneur does not produce the forms and contents of immaterial labor, he or she does not even produce innovation. This transformation of the world of work appears lzzzarato more evident when one studies the social cycle of production: Yves Clot, “Renouveau de 1’industrialisme et activite philosophique,” Futur anterieur, no. The Restructured Worker Lazzarato starts with post-fordism, where workers have lqzzarato agency and responsibility, who is an “interface Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.


I want to demonstrate in particular how the process of valorization tends to be identified with the process of the production of social communication and how the two stages valorization and communication immediately have a social and territorial dimension. According to our article, immaterial workes are identified as laazarato workers those who work in advertising, fashion, marketing, television, cybernetics, and so forth.

This paper offers a profoundly helpful link between trends in political immatfrial towards postindustrial, post-fordist, post-Taylorist economic models and trends in HCI and data analysis towards the behavioural sciences, especially in the areas of online creativity. You are commenting using your WordPress.

This immaterial labor appears as lazzarwto real mutation of “living labor. Systems immateiral, by eliminating the constraint of the market and giving pride of place to organization, is more open to the new phenomenology of labor and in particular to the emergence of immaterial labor. Cote and Pybus use the term Immaterial Labor 2. Now, the post-Taylorist mode of production is defined precisely by putting subjectivity to work both in the activation of productive cooperation and in the production of the “cultural” contents of commodities.

Autonomist feminists have also taken issue with the use of the word “immaterial” to describe affective and care workwhich necessarily maintains an affective and embodied component.

Immaterial labor

It has also been argued that the ubiquitous sharing enabled by the digital age has made it harder for artists and creators to claim authorship of their works, creating an inevitable situation of immaterial labor in the participation in many online platforms. He contibuted to essay with the way of statistical analysis in some parts of the article.

In ijmaterial, the work on “aesthetic production” of Bakhtin and the rest of the Leningrad Circle has this same social focus.

Walter Benjamin has already analyzed how since the end of the nineteenth century both artistic production and reproduction, along with its perception, have assumed collective forms.

The cycle of immaterial production Up to this point I have been analyzing and constructing the concept of immaterial labor from a point of view that could be defined, so to speak, as “microeconomic.