Saturday, February 28, 2015

Some Additions to Academia: February 2015

Glenn Rikowski


Over the last month I have added quite a few items to my Academia site.
Here are the main additions that have not been included on other blogs:


The Confederation of British Industry and the Business Takeover of Schools (2007)

Postmodernism in Educational Theory (with Peter McLaren, 2002)

Prelude: Marxist Educational Theory After Postmodernism (2002)

Time and Speed in the Social Universe of Capital (with Mike Neary, 2002)

Marxist Educational Theory Transformed (2000)

Working Schoolchildren in Britain Today (with Mike Neary, 1997)


Post-Fordism and Schools in England (2008)

Forms of Capital: Critique of Bourdieu on Social Capital (2008)

Utopia and Education (2008)

Globalisation and Education Revisited (2008)

Snowballs and Risk in Schools (2008)

Nihilism and the Devaluation of Educational Values in England Today (2008)

Forms of Capital: Critique of Bourdieu on Cultural Capital (2008)

Playground Risks and Handcuffed Kids: We Need Safer Schools? (2007)

On Education Studies (2007)

Education the HSBC Way (2007)

The ‘Standards’ Language-game for Schools in England (2007)

Higher education and Confused Employer Syndrome (2006)

On Tranhumanism and Education (2006)

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Joyful Forever: Political Economy of Social Creativity


Edited by Michał Kozłowski, Agnieszka Kurant, Janek Sowa, Krystian Szadkowski, Kuba Szreder

Joy Forever refers to the false promise of a common happiness, constantly played out by the proponents of the creative class and creative economy – the very promise that since Romanticism has been ascribed to art itself, a vow which remains unfulfilled. The aim of Free/Slow University’s publication is to scrutinize the false promises of distributed creativity as an ideology of cognitive capitalism. The authors devote themselves to critical examination of the structural links between art, creativity, labour and the creation of value under contemporary relations of production. Some of them do not stop at a critical diagnosis but go further, reflecting upon potential alternatives to the status quo.

The book covers more than the issues of a narrowly understood art world, despite the fact that it pays a lot of attention to them. Art is conceived here as a social lab, where innovative ways of organizing of
labour, socializing both for labour and through labour, as well as different types of production, speculation, generation and accumulation and appropriation of value are experimented with and tested.

Authors: Hans Abbing, Joanna Bednarek, Luc Boltanski, Isabelle Bruno, Neil Cummings, Diedrich Diederichsen, Freee Art Collective, Isabelle Graw, Alex Neumann, Precarious Workers Brigade, John Roberts, Gigi Roggero, Martha Rosler, Stevphen Shukaitis, Massimiliano Tomba, Marina Vishmidt.

Electronic version freely accessible at:

Publishers: Free/Slow University of Warsaw (, MayFly Books ( and Bęc Zmiana Foundation (

Print version is available from MayFly Books and other distributors.


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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Alien Life: Marx and the Future of the Human


My article, Alien Life: Marx and the Future of the Human, is now available at Academia.

It was published as:
Rikowski, G. (2003) Alien Life: Marx and the Future of the Human, Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory, Volume 11 Issue 2, pp.121-164.

It was a polished and heavily edited version of a paper I presented a few years earlier at one of the Birkbeck College Seminars on Marx, Individuals & Society, run by the late Cyril Smith: Marx and the Future of the Human (2000).

For those interested in the interface of Marxism and Post/Trans-humanism, my article Education, Capital and the Transhuman may also be of value.
This article is also at Academia, at:

Also of interest on this theme is Planet of the Capitorg
This can also be found at Academia:

Glenn Rikowski

Friday, February 20, 2015

Time and Speed in the Social Universe of Capital


This is the title of an article by Michael Neary and Glenn Rikowski which came out in Social Conceptions of Time: Structure and Process in Work and Everyday Life, edited by Graham Crow and Sue Heath, and published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2003.

Time and Speed in the Social Universe of Capital can now be found at Glenn Rikowski’s ‘Academia’ account.

This article was an edited version for publication based on a paper presented at the British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2000, at the University of York: The Speed of Life: The significance of Karl Marx’s concept of socially necessary labour-time, by Michael Neary and Glenn Rikowski.

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