The Winter Is Over: Writings on Transformation Denied, 1989--1995

Overview

Automation and information technology have transformed the organization of labor to such an extent that the processes of exploitation have moved beyond the labor class and now work upon society as a whole. If this displacement has destroyed the political primacy of the labor class, it has not, however, eliminated exploitation; rather, it has broadened it, implanting it within the given conditions of the most diverse spheres of society. -- from ...

See more details below
Paperback
$15.10
BN.com price
(Save 10%)$16.95 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (9) from $8.16   
  • New (7) from $8.98   
  • Used (2) from $8.16   
Sending request ...

Overview

Automation and information technology have transformed the organization of labor to such an extent that the processes of exploitation have moved beyond the labor class and now work upon society as a whole. If this displacement has destroyed the political primacy of the labor class, it has not, however, eliminated exploitation; rather, it has broadened it, implanting it within the given conditions of the most diverse spheres of society. -- from The Winter Is
Over

In late 1995, in opposition to the conservative agenda of Jacques Chirac and his prime minister Alain Juppé and their proposed widespread welfare cuts, French students rose up against their government; public sector workers, together with all the major trade unions, went on strike. When railway workers and Paris Metro personnel joined in the protests, France's public transportation system came to a halt. These extensive social upheavals, the likes of which had not been seen in France since 1968, found widespread public support and fuelled the creation of many political organizations. Chirac backed down from restructuring the public retirement system.

Antonio Negri's
The Winter is Over comes out of the glimmer of optimism created by the events of 1995, when the long, cold season of neoliberalism, Thatcherism,
Reaganomics, reaction, and counterrevolution appeared to have run its course.
Published in Italian in 1996, The Winter is Over brings together a series of articles, speeches, and other documents written by Negri between 1989
and 1995 at the threshold of this thaw. It offers a revealing and wide-reaching account of those years of change and brink-of-change, focusing on such topics as the networks of social production, the decline of "limp thought," the end of applied socialism, the Gulf War, and, finally, Italy's transition to its so-called
"Second Republic," as seen by an exile.

Semiotext(e)

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this collection, Negri, a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist and eminent political philosopher, imparts penetrating analyses and reflections on the changing economic and political landscape. Although Negri penned these essays nearly two decades ago, the urgency of his dissent against ‘late stage capitalism' remains enduringly pertinent. One of Negri's most salient arguments contends that changing forms of resistance such as the "the metropolitan strike," which first emerged during the 1995 French transportation debacle that was co-produced by transit users and workers, speaks to a changing public. Albeit, Negri's position on ‘immaterial labor' is controversial (as well as others), his voice is indispensable when considering alternatives to the political present and future. Through his analysis of local and global politics, Negri issues a plaintive entreaty against the capitalist architecture of oppression and exploitation. His claims are bolstered by the rare pleasure of reading scholarly and insightful essays written in lucid and concise language. Negri is solicitous and incisive, and this book warrants the interest of any intelligent reader yearning for a critique of contemporary capitalism. (Aug.)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584351214
  • Publisher: Semiotexte/Smart Art
  • Publication date: 6/7/2013
  • Series: Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,429,016
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Antonio Negri is a philosopher, essay writer, and teacher. A political and social activist in the 1960s and 1970s in Italy, he has taught political science for many years and has written numerous books on political philosophy, including
Marx beyond Marx, The Savage Anomaly, Insurgencies, The Porcelain Workshop:
For a New Grammar of Politics
(Semiotext(e)), and, in collaboration with
Michael Hardt, Empire, Multitude, and
Commonwealth.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)