Theorising Digital Labour.
A Cultural-Materialist Perspective
Extended version of a plenary talk held at the conference "The Dynamics of Virtual Work: The Transformation of Labour in a Digital Global Economy" (dynamicsofvirtualwork.com/call-for-papers/) on September 4, 2014.
This presentation discusses how to theorise digital work/labour with the help of a cultural-materialist approach.
It presents some of the material that can be found in the article "Digital Workers of the World Unite! A Framework for Critically Theorising and Analysing Digital Labour" (Christian Fuchs/Marisol Sandoval) Digital Workers of the World Unite! A Framework for Critically Theorising and Analysing Digital Labour that was published in tripleC's special issue "Philosophers of the World Unite! Theorising Digital Labour and Virtual Work - Definitions, Dimensions and Forms" triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/issue/view/29 as well as 2 chapters from the book "Culture and Economy in the Age of Social Media" (published in February 2015) routledge.com/books/details/9781138839311/ :
Chapter 2: Culture and Work (Christian Fuchs, Marisol Sandoval)
Chapter 3: Communication, Ideology and Labour (C. Fuchs)