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The Micro-Politics of Capital

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Introduction: There Is No Time Like the Present 1. The Use and Disadvantage of Prehistory for Life: Marx's "Pre-Capitalist Economic Formations" and the Constitution of the Subject of Labor Primitive Accumulation Immanent Causality The Prehistory of Capitalism Production Antagonistic Logic (Part One) 2. What Is Living and What is Dead in the Philosophy of Karl Marx: The Politics and Ontology of Living Labor Abstract Labor Living Labor Disciplinary Power Antagonistic Logic (Part Two) The Production of Subjectivity 3. The Real Subsumption of Subjectivity by Capital Real Subsumption The Fragment on Machines Immaterial Labor Subjectivity: From Reproduction to Production The Common Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

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Jason Read is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine.


"Jason Read's book contains the most original and incisive readings of Marx's texts that I have read in years, along with equally penetrating analyses of Althusser, Foucault, Deleuze, and Guattari. He demonstrates beautifully along the way that French poststructuralism is not opposed to Marxism, but that the two are in fact intimately related in their theories of the production of subjectivity. The book helps reorient our understandings of both Marxism and poststructuralism." "This book represents a thoughtful reconsideration of Marx's notion of the mode of production and does so in a way that is likely to appeal to a new and younger readership by showing that mode of production is not simply an economic concept but one that can explain the forms of subjectivity peculiar to different kinds of social organization. The theoretical framework of the book is refreshingly broad; the author draws from a number of theoretical and philosophical schools and cannot easily be categorized as 'Deleuzean' or 'Althusserian.' This represents the perspective of a generation no longer constrained by the notion of opposing theoretical camps so prevalent in the 1980s and 90s."

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