prescriptive, the term immaterial labour was coined by Lazzarato (), but became elements of the immaterial labour Hardt and Negri (ibid.) seek to. In this article (translated from Italian by Paul Colilli and Ed Emory), Maurizio Lazzarato sets out to describe the idea of “immaterial labor the. Maurizio Lazzarato Immaterial Labor – Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online. Maurizio Lazzarato’s original essay on immaterial labor from.

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This commodity does not produce the physical capacity of labor power; instead, it transforms the person who immmaterial it. The aesthetic model But how is the production process of social communication formed? It is worth noting that in this kind of working existence it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish leisure time from work time.

The commodity produced by immaterial labor is information and cultural content that produces ideology and consumption is not consumption of products but consumption of information.

Click here to sign up. Consumption is then first of all a consumption of information. In this phase, workers are expected to become “active subjects” in the coordination labur the various functions of production, instead of being subjected to it as simple command. These brief considerations permit us to begin questioning the model of creation and diffusion specific to intellectual labor and to get beyond the concept of creativity as an expression of “individuality” or as the patrimony of the “superior” classes.

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This activity makes immediately apparent something that material production had “hidden,” namely, that labor produces not only commodities, but first and foremost it produces the capital relation. Because audience reception, a creative act in its own right, becomes part of the product, companies must struggle to control and subordinate that creative response ,5.

In this process of socialization and subsumption within the economy of intellectual activity the “ideological” product tends to assume the form of a commodity. Kazzarato Thought in Lazzagato Help How to edit FAQ.

Nor does this production happen in factories, but in networks of “reproduction and enrichment” ,7. If this model had some probability of corresponding to the dynamics of the market of immaterial labor at the moment of the birth of mass consumption whose effects Simmel very intelligently anticipatesit could not be utilized to account for the relationship between immaterial labor and consumer-public in postindustrial society.

The particularity of the commodity produced through immaterial labor its essential use value being given by its value as informational and cultural content consists in the fact that it is not destroyed in the act of consumption, but rather it enlarges, transforms, and creates the “ideological” and cultural environment of the consumer. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. In fact, the neoclassical model has considerable difficulty in freeing itself from the coherence constraints imposed by the theory of general equilibrium.


Consumption is no longer only the “realization” of a product, lazaarato a real and proper social process that laobur the moment is defined with the term communication. The subjugation of this form of cooperation and the “use value” of these skills to capitalist logic does not take away the autonomy of the constitution and meaning of immate – rial labor.

Only if it succeeds in this production does its activity have an economic value. The second consequence is that the forms of life in their collective and cooperative forms are now the source of innovation. In this context, labuor divide between production and consumption is reshaped into a new kind of relationship, where the activities of consumption and development in consumer tastes and public opinion are themselves a form of immaterial labor.

On the other hand, in the s a network of economists and sociologists and before them the Italian postworkerist tradition developed an extensive analysis of the “social form of production,” but that analysis does not integrate sufficiently the production of subjectivity as the content of valorization.

Today’s management thinking takes workers’ subjectivity into consideration only in order to codify it in line with the requirements of production.

On the one hand, as regards the “informational content” of the commodity, it refers directly to the changes taking place in workers’ labor processes in big companies in the industrial and tertiary sectors, where the skills involved in immateriql labor are increasingly skills involving cybernetics and computer control and horizontal and vertical communication.

Simmel, in effect, explains the function immateral “fashion” immateril means of the phenomenon of imitation or distinction as regulated and commanded by class relationships.

The social-wage campaign, Wages for houseworkco-founded in in Italy, by Selma James called for a wage for domestic work amidst the uneven and gendered privatization of the labor of social production, where traditionally feminine roles like care work are undervalued. But how is the production process of social communication formed?

Immaterial Labor

In the young worker, however, the “precarious” worker, and the unemployed youth, we are dealing with a pure virtuality, a capacity that is as yet undetermined but immtaerial already shares all the characteristics of postindustrial productive subjectivity. Feminism adopted discussions of immaterial labor to describe the alienating conditions and labors pertaining to care work, the performance of gender and domestic labor. Lazzarato also notes that “in this kind of working existence it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish leisure time from work time It can lead us to define, at a territorial level, a space for a radical autonomy of the productive synergies of immaterial labor.

In effect, on the one hand, we are familiar with an analysis of the production of subjectivity defined as the constitutive “process” specific to a “relation to the self with lazzaraato to the forms of production particular to knowledge and power as in a certain vein of poststructuralist French philosophybut this analysis never intersects sufficiently with the forms of capitalist valorization.

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Here we are at the furthest point mimaterial the Taylorist model. As I have already said, my hypothesis is this: Understanding the outframe of the Immaterial Labour, could help us on the way of review.

It refers to intengible artificial datas which are used in many diffrent areas on electronic media or in non-consumable shape. Email required Address never made public. Issue 17, Fall lazzafato If the cycle of immaterial production immediately demonstrates to us the secret of post-Taylorist production that is to say, that social communication and the social relationship lavour constitutes it become productivethen it would be interesting to examine how these new social relationships innervate even industry and services, and lazzaraot they oblige us to reformulate and reorganize even the classical forms of “production.

Two diffrent aspects envisioned.

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This immaterial labor constitutes itself in forms that are immediately collective, and we might say that it exists only in the form of networks and flows. Services If from industry proper we move on to the “services” sector large banking services, insurance, and so forththe characteristics of the process I have described appear even more clearly.

The communicational relationship both vertically and horizontally is thus completely predetermined in both form and content; it is subordinated to the “circulation of information” and is not expected to be anything other. The location in which it operates is outside in the society at large, at a territorial level that we could call “the basin of immaterial labor.

Lazzarato plots a transition in this immaterial labor towards “mass intellectuality” and its widespread growth starting in the s, arguing that we should abandon dichotomies between “mental and manual labor” or “material labor and immaterial labor” to see how the “labor process” incorporates both.

Content is available under Creative Commons Attribution 3. The new slogan of Western societies is that we should all “become subjects”.

The postindustrial enterprise and economy are founded on the manipulation of information. A good prediction and summarization made within the differend aspects and varios dimensions. Lazzarato starts with post-fordism, where workers have greater agency and responsibility, who is an “interface There immzterial been thus a shift of human resources toward the outer part of business.

Work can thus be defined as the capacity to activate and manage productive cooperation. In this environment, argues Lazzarato, “the capitalist needs to find an unmediated way of establishing command over subjectivity lzazarato.