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Blog Diss: Crowdsourcing Reading Lists, Part Two-Materialist Theory


Happy Saturday everyone! Want to celebrate with materialism? I thought so!

The plan here is the same as last week. I've posted a list below with what I have read in the field(s) of materialism, what I might read, and what I will definitely read. Let me know what you think! Am I missing something brilliant? Do you want to chat about something I've already read?

Keep in mind that, much like the affect theory list (found here, should you want to go back and provide feedback on that!), this does not include material focusing specifically on digital media and materialism. All of that should be covered by the next couple of reading lists-either that or this organizational strategy will quickly come crashing down at that point. It'll be one or the other. In any case, stay tuned!



Have Read

Adorno, Theodor. “Free Time.” The Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture. Ed. J.M. Bernstein. London: Routledge, 1991. 187-97. Print.

Federici, Silvia. Caliban and the Witch. New York: Autonomedia, 2004. Print.

Fortunati, Leopolda. “Immaterial Labour and Its Mechanization.” Ephemera10.3/4 (2007):139-57. Web. 19 June 2013.

Hardt, Micahel. “Immaterial Labour.” boundary 2 26.2 (1999): 89-100. Web. 13 May 2012.

Hardt, Michael and Antonio Negri. Empire. (Selections.)Cambridge, Mass: Harvard UP, 2000. Print.

Jameson, Fredric. Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Condition of Late Capitalism. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1991.

Lazzarato, Maurizio. “Immaterial Labour.” Radical Thought in Italy: A Potential Politics. Eds. Paolo Virno and Michael Hardt. Minneapolis: Minneapolis University Press, 1996. 133-147. Print.

Skeggs, Beverley. Formations of Class and Gender: Becoming Respectable. London: Sage, 1998. Print.


Will Read

Adorno, Theodor. Negative Dialectics: Philosophy and the Possibility of Critical Rationality. Trans. Brian O’Connor. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2004. Print.

Coté, Mark and Jennifer Pybus. “Learning to Immaterial Labour 2.0.” Ephemera: Theory & Politics in Organization 7.1 (2007): 88-106. Web. 30 November 2012.

Hardt, Michael and Antonio Negri. Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire.(Selections.)New York: Penguin, 2004. Print.

Hennessy, Rosemary and Chrys Ingrahm, eds. Materialist Feminism: A Reader in Class, Difference, and Women’s Lives. (Selections.) New York: Routledge, 1997. Print.

Jameson, Fredric. The Cultural Turn: Selected Writings on the Postmodern, 1983-1998. New York: Verso, 1998. Print.

Jameson, Fredric. The Political Unconscious: Narrative as Socially Symbolic Act. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 1981. Print.

Marx, Karl. Grundrisee: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy. Trans. Martin Nicolaus. New York: Vintage, 1973. Print.

McRobbie, Angela. “Reflections on Feminism, Immaterial Labour and the Post-Fordist Regime.” New Formations 70 (2010): 60-76. Web. 9 October 2012.

Mies, Maria. Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale: Women in the International Division of Labor. London: Zed Books, 1986. Print.

Negri, Antonio. “Value and Affect.” boundary 2 26.2 (1999): 77-88. Web. 2 January 2014.

Sassen, Saskia. Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2008. Print.

Virno, Paolo. A Grammar of the Multitude: For an Analysis of Contemporary Forms of Life. Cambridge, Mass.: Semiotext(e), 2004. Print.

Weeks, Kathi. “Life Within and Against Work: Affective Labour, Feminist Critique and Post-Fordist Politics.” Ephemera 7.1 (2007): 233-49. Web. 15 January 2014.

Weeks, Kathi. The Problem With Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2011. Print.


Might Read

Fortunati, Leopolda. The Arcane of Reproduction: Housework, Prostitution, Labour and Capital. Trans. Hillary Creek. New York: Autonomedia, 1995. Print.

Hennessy, Rosemary. “Returning to Reproduction Queerly: Sex, Labor, Need.” Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture & Society 18.3 (2006): 387-395. Web. 7 April 2013.

Hochschild, Arlie Russell. The Managed Heart: Commercialization of Human Feeling. Berkley: U California P, 2003. Print.

Weeks, Kathi. Constituting Feminist Subjects. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 1998. Print. 


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