File deleuze-guattari/deleuze-guattari.0509, message 34


Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 09:54:17 -0400
To: deleuze-guattari-driftline.org-AT-lists.driftline.org
Subject: Re: [D-G] labor organizations


Donald,

Apologies if I'm stating the obvious, but you might find some of Antonio 
Negri's work (some of it written with Hardt) interesting - his work is 
very much influenced by deleuze and guattari.  Negri's Marx Beyond Marx 
has lots on the role of labour in capitalism (and as theorised in the 
Grundrisse); Empire also considers the role of labour (and there's a bit 
on the IWW union).  You'll probably find the most relevent material in 
Multitude, but I'm reluctant to suggest this as imho it's pretty much 
the worst thing Negri has written (the account of war seems very flawed, 
for starters...)

Negri's relationship with more 'conventional' Italian unions was rather 
fractious, to say the least - see for example Callinicos' acount 
(http://pubs.socialistreviewindex.org.uk/isj92/callinicos.htm)

All the best,

Jon

donald jackson wrote:

>I'm trying to find out if D&G ever go into any
>extended discussion of labor movements and unions.
>Deleuze makes a comment about unions near the end of
>postscript on societies of control, and there are some
>pretty obvious directions one may glean from, say,
>nomadism, in regards to labor. But I'm wondering if
>they ever actually suggest a manner of organizing
>labor unions in a way that might be adequate to their
>understanding of politics.
>
>I guess this is sort of a question of how to build,
>well, powerful difference engines on the level of the
>socius.
>
>Or do any Deleuze-inspired thinkers or practitioners
>address the question of unions and labor
>organizations? 
>
>Thanks much. -donald
>
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