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The classic text of Italian workerism available in English for the first time

Workers and Capital is universally recognised as the most important work produced by operaismo, a current of political thought emerging in the 1960s that revolutionised the institutional and extra-parliamentary Left in Italy and beyond. In the decade after its first publication in 1966, the debates over Workers and Capital produced new methods of analysis and a new vocabulary for thousands of militants, helping to inform the new forms of workplace, youth, and community struggle. Concepts such as “neocapitalism,” “class composition,” “mass-worker,” “the plan of capital,” “workers’ inquiry” and “co-research” became established as part of the Italian Left’s political lexicon. Five decades since it was first published, Workers and Capital remains a key text in the history of the international workers’ movement, yet only now appears in English translation for the first time. Far from being simply an artefact of the intense political conflicts of the 1960s, Tronti’s work offers extraordinary tools for understanding the powerful shifts in the nature of work and class composition in recent decades.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781788730402
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 08/20/2019
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,150,734
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mario Tronti is a philosopher and political scientist best known for co-founding the journals Quaderni Rossi and Classe Operaia.

Table of Contents

Foreword Steve Wright vii

Introduction: A Course of Action xv

Note on this Edition xxxv

First Hypotheses 1

Marx Yesterday and Today 3

Factory and Society 12

The Plan of Capital 36

A New Type of Political Experiment: Lenin in England 65

An Old Tactic for a New Strategy 73

1905 in Italy 81

Class and Party 89

Initial Theses 101

Marx, Labour-Power, Working Class 103

1 Hegel and Ricardo 115

2 The Exchange of Money for Labour 129

3 Critique of Ideology 139

4 Woe to June! 148

5 The Particularity of the Commodity Labour-Power 152

6 Productive Labour 160

7 What the Proletariat Is 184

8 The Forms of Struggle 199

9 Labour as Non-Capital 211

10 The Labour Theory of Value as Watchword 223

11 The Class 233

12 The Strategy of Refusal 241

13 Tactics = Organisation 263

14 The Struggle Against Work! 272

Postscript of Problems 277

Appendix: Our Operaismo 327

Index 349

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