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Cognitive Capitalism / Edition 1

Cognitive Capitalism / Edition 1

by Yann Moulier-Boutang


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Cognitive Capitalism / Edition 1

We live in a time of transition, argues Yann Moulier Boutang. Butthe irony is that this is not a transition to a new type of societycalled ‘socialism’, as many on the Left had assumed;rather, it is a transition to a new type of capitalism. Socialismhas been left behind by a new revolution in our midst.‘Globalization’ effectively corresponds to theemergence, since 1975, of a third kind of capitalism. It does nothave much to do with the industrial capitalism which, at the pointof its birth (1750-1820), broke with earlier forms of mercantilecapitalism. The aim of this book is to describe and explain thecharacteristics of this third age of capitalism.

Boutang coins the term ‘cognitive capitalism’ todescribe this new form of capitalism. While this notion remains aworking hypothesis, it already provides some basic orientations andanchor points which are indispensible for political action. Thepolitical economy which was born with Adam Smith no longer offersus the possibility of understanding the reality which is beingconstructed before our eyes - namely the value, wealth andcomplexity of the world economic system—and it also does notenable us to deal with the challenges that await humanity, whetherecological or social. This book thus seeks to put us onto the pathof a provisional politics and morality capable of dealing with thisnew Great Transformation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745647326
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Yann Moulier Boutang is professor of economics atUniversité de Technologie de Compiègne.

Ed Emery is the translator.

Table of Contents

Preface to the English edition
Chapter I
The New Frontiers of Political Economy
Chapter II
What cognitive capitalism is not
Chapter III
What is cognitive capitalism?
Chapter IV
New capitalism, new contradictions
Chapter V
The question of social classes and the composition of cognitive capitalism
Chapter VI
Macroeconomic dynamics: going beyond the critique of neoliberalism and financialisation
Chapter VII
Envoi: A Manifesto for the Pollen Society
Chapter VIII
Does the financial crisis sound the knell of a capitalism cognitive that is stillborn?

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