AMST 328
Immaterial Labor Spring 2015
Division II
Cross-listed SOC 328 / AMST 328
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In the last 50 years, the character of work and labor has fundamentally changed as the economy has increasingly involved transnational markets, media culture, and networked technologies. Although industrial production has not disappeared–far from it– we have witnessed a dramatic rise in knowledge and information work, the service economy, advertising,finance,biotechnologies, and other kinds of labor whose “product” is fleeting, emotional, and/or affecting bodily capacities. As a result, the distinction between work and leisure is more and more blurred as activities from blogging to watching television to working out at the gym become economically valuable. Drawing on a range of classic and contemporary literatures on the subject (including those by Karl Marx, Paul Lafargue, Hannah Arendt, Kathi Weeks, Sylvia Federici, Hardt & Negri, Richard Sennett, and Sunder Rajan), this tutorial will examine how the proliferation of immaterial labor is reconfiguring our understanding and experience of class, race, nation, gender, sex, and everyday life.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 4089
Grading: OPG
Requirements/Evaluation: students' grades are based on 5 or 6 (5-7 page) papers and 5 or 6 (1-2 page) response papers; regular participation is required
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: AMST majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
SOC 328 Division II AMST 328 Division II

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