‘Cognitive capitalism’ and the rat race: how capital measures immaterial labour in British universities
De Angelis, M. and Harvie, David 2009. ‘Cognitive capitalism’ and the rat race: how capital measures immaterial labour in British universities. Historical Materialism. 17 (3), pp. 3-30.
|Authors||De Angelis, M. and Harvie, David|
One hundred years ago, Frederick Taylor and the pioneers of scientific management went into battle on US factory floors. Armed with stopwatches and clipboards, they were fighting a war over measure. A century on and capitalist production has spread far beyond the factory walls and the confines of ‘national economies’. Although capitalism increasingly seems to rely on ‘cognitive’ and ‘immaterial’ forms of labour and social cooperation, the war over measure continues. Armies of economists, statisticians, management scientists, information specialists, accountants and others are engaged in a struggle to connect heterogeneous concrete human activities on the basis of equal quantities of human labour in the abstract, that is, to link work and capitalist value.
|Keywords||higher education; primitive accumulation; knowledge; capitalism; value theory; competition; university; immaterial labour; measure|
|Journal citation||17 (3), pp. 3-30|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Web address (URL)||http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/146544609X12469428108420|
|29 Oct 2009|
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|Deposited||29 Oct 2009|
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