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The Beginning of History


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List of Figures List of Tables and Boxes Preface 1. The Beginning of History Part I: Orientations: Co-production of Livelihoods as Contested Terrain 2. Value Struggles 3. Capital as a Social Force 4. With No Limits 5. Production and Reproduction 6. Production, Reproduction and Global Loops Part II: Global Loops: Some Explorations on the Contemporary Work Machine 7 Enclosures and Disciplinary Integration 8. Global Loops 9. The Global Work Machine Part III: Context, Contest and Text: Discourses and Their Clashing Practices 10. Marx and the Enclosures we Face 11. Enclosures with No Limits 12. The 'Law of Value,' Immaterial Labour, and the 'Centre' of Power 13. The Valuing and Measuring of Capital 14. Market Freedom and the Prison: Hayek and Bentham 15. The Fractal Panopticon and Ubiquitous Revolution Part IV: 'By Asking Questions we Walk': The Problematics of Decoupling 16. The 'Outside' 17. Commons Notes References Other Web Resources Index

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Massimo De Angelis is Reader in Political Economy at the University of East London. He is the author of The Beginning of History: Value Struggles and Global Capital (Pluto, 2006), Keynesianism, and Social Conflict and Political Economy (2000). He is editor of the web journal The Commoner.


'Brings creativity to the centre of anti-capitalist thought and through it provides new meanings to the concepts of anarchism, socialism and communism' -- Silvia Federici, author of Caliban and the Witch
'A kind of intellectual revolution in itself, both rigourous and exciting' -- David Graeber, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Yale University
'A breakthrough book in anti-capitalist theory' -- George Caffentzis, Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Southern Maine

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