Reading Marx in the Information Age: A Media and Communication Studies Perspective on Capital, Volume 1

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Routledge, Oct 23, 2015 - Social Science - 402 pages

Renowned Marxist scholar and critical media theorist Christian Fuchs provides a thorough, chapter-by-chapter introduction to Capital Volume 1 that assists readers in making sense of Karl Marx’s most important and groundbreaking work in the information age, exploring Marx’s key concepts through the lens of media and communication studies via contemporary phenomena like the Internet, digital labour, social media, the media industries, and digital class struggles. Through a range of international, current-day examples, Fuchs emphasises the continued importance of Marx and his work in a time when transnational media companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook play an increasingly important role in global capitalism. Discussion questions and exercises at the end of each chapter help readers to further apply Marx’s work to a modern-day context.


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Reading Marx in the Information Age A Media and Communication Studies Perspective on Capital Volume 1
Part I Commodities and Money
Part II The Transformation of Money into Capital
Part III The Production of Absolute SurplusValue
Part IV The Production of Relative SurplusValue
Part V The Production of Absolute and Relative SurplusValue
Part VI Wages
Part VII The Process of Accumulation of Capital
Part VIII SoCalled Primitive Accumulation
Thomas Pikettys Book Capital in the TwentyFirst Century Karl Marx and the Political Economy of the Internet
Knowledge Technology and the General Intellect in the Grundrisse and Its Fragment on Machines
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Christian Fuchs is Professor at the University of Westminster’s Communication and Media Research Institute. He is author of Culture and Economy in the Age of Social Media (Routledge, 2015), Social Media: A Critical Introduction (Sage, 2014), OccupyMedia! The Occupy Movement and Social Media in Crisis Capitalism (Zero Books, 2014), Digital Labour and Karl Marx (Routledge, 2014), Foundations of Critical Media and Information Studies (Routledge, 2011), and Internet and Society: Social Theory in the Information Age (Routledge, 2008). He edits the open access journal tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique.

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