Circulating through the Pipeline. Algorithmic Subjectivities and Mobile Struggles


We are living within a transformation that has been variously labelled as industrial revolution 4.0, platform economy, digital capitalism. Nevertheless, this change is still mainly conceptualized through the vocabulary of factory system. In this article we aim to contribute to the development of an emerging framework on the 'new capitalism' without any nostalgia for the past by exploring some of its potential interpretative categories (pipeline, algorithmic subjectivities, mobile struggles), based in particular on its spatial configurations and on the production of living labour' subjectivities. Indeed, we are witnessing not simply a wave of technological innovation but a more general transformation of the forms of capitalist valorisation which rely on the role played by spaces and social cooperation. These changes do not affect only spatialities but also the subjective forms of living labour, including his/her practices of organization and struggle.

DOI Code: 10.1285/i20356609v16i2p287

Keywords: algorithmic management; capitalism 4.0; digital technologies; factory; platform labour


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