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dc.contributor.authorJust, D.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-13T11:03:45Z
dc.date.available2019-02-13T11:03:45Z
dc.date.issued2016en_US
dc.identifier.issn0032-3217
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11693/49426
dc.description.abstractThis article examines Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s and Paolo Virno’s use of Michel Foucault’s notions of ‘biopower’ and ‘biopolitics’ with respect to today’s hegemony of immaterial labor, i.e. work without an end product. In spite of relatively infrequent references to work, Foucault formulates these notions in markedly economic terms: biopower is inextricable from work because, unlike punitive power that represses and disciplines life, it cultivates life by fostering an efficient, productive and active population. Drawing attention to a shift in emphasis in Hardt and Negri’s and Virno’s accounts of work and biopower – from a diagnostic analysis of labor practices to immaterial labor’s latent political possibilities – it is argued in the article that what gets lost in this shift is Foucault’s insistence on questioning the role of work in modern society. Work is not an inherently valuable activity, but, as current contradictions that have emerged with immaterial labor demonstrate, a product of mechanisms which endow it with its present status as the central organizing principle of both social and personal life.en_US
dc.language.isoEnglishen_US
dc.source.titlePolitical Studiesen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttps://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9248.12185en_US
dc.subjectBiopoweren_US
dc.subjectFoucaulten_US
dc.subjectWorken_US
dc.subjectHardt and Negrien_US
dc.subjectVirnoen_US
dc.titleA biopolitics of immaterial laboren_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.departmentDepartment of Political Science and Public Administrationen_US
dc.citation.spage401en_US
dc.citation.epage416en_US
dc.citation.volumeNumber64en_US
dc.citation.issueNumber2en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/1467-9248.12185en_US
dc.publisherSage Publications Ltd.en_US
dc.identifier.eissn1467-9248


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