Neo-liberalism, technological bureaucracy and grassroots antagonisms

My research focuses on the relation of the neoliberal state and the global capitalist economy in terms of technology and science, the bureaucracies that are developed and its negation, grassroots resistance ; alternative technology, infrastructures and production in the Metropolis is the section that I am most interested. Drawing upon various literatures (from Marxism to Cultural Studies and schumpeterian economics) regarding the relationship of  the state and markets and their centralized bureaucratic processes (neoliberal regimes of power) in the capitalist economic conjuncture, I will try to identify the science and technology that has been developed and applied to sustain the centralized production for profit, as well as its possible antagonisms of grassroots, decentralized, non-proprietary technologies and resilient economies in a Metropolitan area.

The highlight of my research as it stands now, is to examine an often vague slogan, “another world in the shell of the old” meaning prefigurative politics or the positive act of communizing, espoused  by various currents and theorists, from Operaismo and Cultural Studies to their Marxist critiques. For that reason I am particularly interested in theories of surplus value, commodity and exchange, digital labour, intellectual labour and property regimes, the notion of the commons and Empire in Negri and Hardt’s work, and new divisions of labour. I will attempt to provide a wide scope of literature at first, mapping and describe theory and  technology developed and practised by various new transnational and translocal grassroots movements to achieve resilient economies from decentralized production, workers self-management, and what is their contribution to class struggle. Then I will try to narrow down into a more specialized area of theory as well as technology, to carry out my fieldwork. The study will involve both qualitative and quantitative data. Do neighborhood workshops, alternative manufacturing/distribution communities and networks etc, emphasizing on a strategy for “exodus” from the capitalist dead end, have anything substantial to contribute to technology, production and social change? What are the political implications of digital distribution?

Tags: Marxism(s), Science and Technologies Studies,  means of production, imperialism and empire, communization, Post-fordist Capitalism, Toyotization, Just-in-time, mass customization, infrastructures, networks and society, informational capitalism, Self-management, autonomy, alternative economies and commons, alternative/decentralized production modes, neoliberalism, communism and anarchist studies, postmodern world governance, revolution and social change, political subjectivity, ownership and access. negri and hardt, virno, tronti, deleuze and guattari, marx and engels, lenin, alberto toscano, david harvey, antonio gramsci, geoff bowker and susan leigh star

*Note that the description will vary according to on the stage of my research development


Dimitris Papadopoulos | Martin Corbett

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