Paper $27.00 ISBN: 9780745334035 Published June 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745334042 Published June 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Cyber-Proletariat

Global Labour in the Digital Vortex

Nick Dyer-Witheford

Cyber-Proletariat

Nick Dyer-Witheford

Distributed for Pluto Press

240 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $27.00 ISBN: 9780745334035 Published June 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745334042 Published June 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
The utopian promise of the internet, much talked about even a few years ago, has given way to the information highway’s brutal realities: coltan mines in the Congo, electronics factories in China, devastated neighborhoods in Detroit. In Cyber-Proletariat, Nick Dyer-Witheford shows the dark side of the information revolution through an unsparing analysis of class power and computerization. He reveals how technology facilitates growing polarization between wealthy elites and precarious workers and how class dominates everything from expanding online surveillance to intensifying robotization. At the same time he looks at possibilities for information technology within radical movements, casting contemporary economic and social struggles in the blue glow of the computer screen.
            Cyber-Proletariat brings Marxist analysis to bear on a range of modern informational technologies. The result is a book indispensable to social theorists and hacktivists alike and essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how Silicon Valley shapes the way we live today.
Contents

1 Cyber-Class
2 Vortex
3 Automata
4 Silicon
5 Circulations
6 Mobile
7 Proletariat
8 Cascade
9 Aftermath
10 War
Bibliography
Index

Review Quotes
Benjamin Noys, University of Chichester and author of Malign Velocities
“Nick Dyer-Witheford’s Cyber-Proletariat tracks the  eddies and flows of the perfect storm that is contemporary capitalism. This panoramic work reveals the relentless force of material destruction and brutal violence concealed by the sleek surfaces of digital culture. Not without hope, Dyer-Witheford offers a clear-eyed reflection on the conditions facing the global proletariat in its struggle to win a better world.”
Dorothy Kidd, University of San Francisco
“In Cyber-Proletariat, Dyer-Witheford teases out the tensions between new communization and autonomist Marxist theories to portray the struggles of workers along the entire global capitalist commodity chain. An epic story, it is two parts the unending battle against capitalist cyber-vampires, and one part the Wizard of Oz- like alliance of ‘all who care for one another and for the world.’”
George Caffentzis, University of Southern Maine
“Nick Dyer-Witheford follows up his now-classic Cyber-Marx with a synoptic view of the relationship between the poles of the contemporary global proletariat from the Turkish miners killed in a shaft collapse to the highly paid "hackers" in Silicon Valley. Cyber-Proletariat is rich in empirical detail and has a wide theoretical horizon. You will find in these pages workers in Foxconn contemplating suicide cheek-by-jowl with the Gezi Park demonstrators protesting the enclosure of a public park to build a shopping mall. It is written with Dyer-Witherford's well-known eloquence and passion. Cyber-proletarians should thank him for writing it and get it.”
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