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Technologies of Labour and the Politics of Contradiction

Edited by Paško Bilić, Jaka Primorac and Bjarki Valtýsson, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, 296 pages, ISBN 978-3-319-76279-1

Edited by Paško Bilić and Jaka Primorac, researchers at the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), Croatia, in cooperation with Valtýsson from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and published by Palgrave Macmillan in the Dynamics of Virtual Work series, the book entitled Technologies of Labour and the Politics of Contradiction is situated in the nexus between technology, labour and politics. It focuses on contradictions as heuristic devices that uncover struggles, frictions and ambiguities of digitalization in work and labour environments. Topics include contradictions in automation, internet platforms, digital practices, creative industries, communication industries, human interaction, democratic participation and regulation.

Three cross-cutting themes can be identified within the diverse chapters presented in the book. Firstly, many authors argue that labour and economic valorisation occur outside of the traditional concept of working space and time. Secondly, digital technology is not fixed under capital. It is malleable and mouldable. And thirdly, many political tensions are occurring without organized awareness or dissent. As Phoebe V Moore from the Leicester University Business School, UK points out, the authors "have gathered several extremely important case studies and theoretical interventions, bringing to light a range of worrying contradictions and volatility of labour markets where the future is yet undetermined, where artificial intelligence hints toward barbarism and extreme working conditions are hidden behind black box mythologies".

The book will, therefore, be of interest to researchers and students in the fields of sociology of work, media studies, cultural studies, gender studies, science and technology studies and critical theory, as well as to trade-unionists and policy makers.

The book is available at https://www.palgrave.com/jp/book/9783319762784#aboutBook