Capital has managed to overcome the dualism of body and soul by establishing a workforce in which everything we mean by the Soul - language, creativity, affects - is mobilized for its own benefit. Industrial production put to work bodies, muscles, and arms. Now, in the sphere of digital technology and cyberculture, exploitation involves the mind, language, and emotions in order to generate value, while our bodies disappear in front of our computer screens.
In his newest book, Franco "Bifo" Berardi - key member of the Italian Autonomist movement and a close associate of Félix Guattari - addresses these new forms of estrangement. Arguing that the Marxist/Hegelian concept of alienation and the communal bonds arising from the collective experience of the workforce are under erosion in today's technological society, The Soul at Work is a clarion call for a re-thinking of philosophical concepts and a renewed collective effort to reclaim happiness.
MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2009. Paperback 192 pages, 22.7cm x 15.6cm.
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