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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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Views Read View form View source View history. The Cycle of Immaterial Prodution Lazzarato argues that role of communication is the key distinguishing feature between Fordism and post-Fordism.

In this process of socialization and subsumption within the economy of intellectual activity the “ideological” product tends to assume the form of a labouf. We can thus move against the old schools of laszarato to establish, decisively, the viewpoint of an “anthropo-sociology” that is constitutive.

Among economists, the predominant view of this problematic can be expressed in a single statement: Terranova Free Labor: 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 immaterixl Keynesian circle” as by the Marxist reproduction schemes of the second volume of Capital.

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In fact, employers are extremely worried by the double problem this creates: The location in which it operates is outside in the society at large, at a territorial level labor we could call “the basin of immaterial labor. In this context of ad-hoc creative cooperation, the unit of analysis is not the factory but the project. Manual labor is increasingly coming to involve procedures that could be defined as “intellectual,” and the new communications technologies increasingly require subjectivities that are rich in knowledge.

Only if it succeeds in this production does its activity have an economic value. 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.

Immaterial labor

Views Read Edit View history. Furthermore, lazarato cultural products are “consumed” they are not destroyed, but in fact “enlarges, transforms, and creates the ‘ideological’ and cultural environment of the consumer”, transforming the person who uses the products8.


This labor power is the product of a “silent revolution” taking place within the anthropological realities of work and within the reconfiguration of its meanings. All of these characteristics of postindustrial economics present both in large-scale industry and the tertiary sector are accentuated in the form of properly “immaterial” production. Similarly although teachers receive payment education. In brief, immateriwl term labour reformed by ages.

It is suggested that in order to explain the phenomena of communication and the new dimensions of organization one should introduce not only cooperation and intensity of labor, but also other analytic variables anthropological variables?

The new slogan of Western societies is that we should all “become subjects”. It refers to intengible artificial datas which are used in many diffrent areas on electronic media or in non-consumable shape.

Once this viewpoint comes to dominate within social produc – tion, we find that we have an interruption in the continuity of models of production. In order to avoid misunderstandings, however, I should add that this form of productive activity is not limited only to highly skilled workers; it refers to a immateerial value of labor power today, and, more generally, to the form of activity of every productive subject within postindustrial society.

In fact, the neoclassical model has considerable difficulty in freeing itself from the coherence constraints imposed by the lazzaraho of general equilibrium.

In a sense, life becomes inseparable from work. Issue 17, Fall The “ideological product” becomes in every respect a commodity. The subject becomes a simple relayer of codification and decodification, whose transmitted messages must be “clear and free of ambiguity,” within a communications context that has been completely normalized by management.

Consumption is no longer only the “realization” of a product, but a real and proper social process that for the moment is defined with the term communication. Lazzarato plots a transition in this immaterial labor towards “mass intellectuality” and its widespread growth starting in the s, arguing that we should abandon dichotomies between “mental and manual labor” or “material labor and immaterial labor” to see how the “labor process” incorporates both.


Retrieved from ” https: Lazzarato also notes that “in this kind of working existence it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish leisure time from work time What is interesting for this discussion is that, according to this conception, the immaterial labor of creation is limited to a specific social group and is not diffused except through imitation.

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. First, values are “put to work. The quality of this kind of labor power is immagerial defined not only by its professional capacities which immqterial possible the construction of the cultural-informational content of the commoditybut also by its ability to “manage” its own activity and act as the coordinator of the immaterial labor of others production and management of the cycle.

Lazzarato calls it “living labor. In this phase, workers are expected to become “active subjects” in the coordination of the various functions of production, instead of being subjected to it as simple command.

If this model had some probability of corresponding to immaterkal dynamics of the lsbour of immaterial labor at the moment of the birth of mass consumption whose effects Simmel very intelligently anticipatesit could not be utilized to account for the relationship between immaterial labor and consumer-public in postindustrial society.

The cycle of production comes into operation only when it is required by the capitalist; once the job has been done, the cycle dissolves back into the networks and flows that make possible the reproduction and enrichment of its productive capacities. Political theories Labor studies Labour movement Autonomism Marxian economics. Reception is thus, from this point of view, a creative act and an integrative part of the product.

In our essay, our author is focused laazarato the Immaterialization of Labour which is sub-branch of the economy. His focus is on power relations between post-Fordist corporations and information workers. Log In Sign Up.