Beyond Repression: A response to Phoebe Moore

Brighi, E. 2019. Beyond Repression: A response to Phoebe Moore. in: Chandler, D. and Fuchs, C. (ed.) Digital Objects, Digital Subjects: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Capitalism, Labour and Politics in the Age of Big Data London University of Westminster Press. pp. 145-150

Chapter titleBeyond Repression: A response to Phoebe Moore
AuthorsBrighi, E.
EditorsChandler, D. and Fuchs, C.
Abstract

Moving beyond the current research on affect and platform capitalism, this paper invites readers to engage more deeply with those literatures, from social and clinical psychology to psychoanalysis, that look at the intimate correspondence between social structures and ‘structures of feelings’, between social and economic conditions and the individual psychic and affective plane. I argue that understanding more clearly the affective contours of alienation in platform capitalism is crucial if any projects of emancipation is to succeed. This requires us to move beyond the relatively simple category of ‘repression’ and consider how complex emotional, psychological and affective dynamics whirl together in the neoliberal workplace. If in the conditions of global post-Fordist capitalism, ‘the struggle will always be a combination of exodus and desertion’, as argued by Negri, what does it really mean to affectively desert the neoliberal workplace and to psychologically refuse its command?

Keywordsaffect
capitalism
psychology
resistance
Book titleDigital Objects, Digital Subjects: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Capitalism, Labour and Politics in the Age of Big Data
Page range145-150
Year2019
PublisherUniversity of Westminster Press
Publication dates
Published29 Jan 2019
LicenseCC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Place of publicationLondon
ISBN9781912656202
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.16997/book29
Web address (URL)https://www.uwestminsterpress.co.uk/site/chapters/10.16997/book29.k/

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