Biography[ edit ] Lazzarato studied at the University of Padua in the s, where he was active in the Autonomia Operaia movement. He left Italy in the late s for exile in France to escape political prosecution, although the charges against him were abandoned in the s. He is also interested in the concepts of biopolitics and bioeconomics. Works on debt[ edit ] Lazzarato has written two closely related works on the subject of debt , The Making of the Indebted Man  and Governing by Debt. In both works, Lazzarato uses continental philosophy and economic data to critique debt and neoliberalism from a left-wing perspective.
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Biography[ edit ] Lazzarato studied at the University of Padua in the s, where he was active in the Autonomia Operaia movement. He left Italy in the late s for exile in France to escape political prosecution, although the charges against him were abandoned in the s.
He is also interested in the concepts of biopolitics and bioeconomics. Works on debt[ edit ] Lazzarato has written two closely related works on the subject of debt , The Making of the Indebted Man  and Governing by Debt.
In both works, Lazzarato uses continental philosophy and economic data to critique debt and neoliberalism from a left-wing perspective. The Making of the Indebted Man[ edit ] In The Making of the Indebted Man, Lazzarato examines debt as it is experienced by individuals, specifically the subject ; he also presents a case that the debtor-creditor relationship is a central category of economics—more important than money or finance, for example.
In the modern economy, it is taken for granted that debts must be repaid, and much of economic activity is driven by lending with the expectation or: promise of future repayment. Lazzarato observes that in order for such an economy to function, its actors must first be socialized to accept the premise that debts must be repaid.
This entails that they become capable of making promises to repay a debt and of feeling guilt on failing to repay a debt.
A promise of payment. What is a financial asset, a share, or bond? The promise of future value. For Nietzsche, the "oldest and most personal relationship there is" is that between creditor and debtor, a relationship wherein "person met person for the first time, and measured himself person against person.
Making a person capable of keeping a promise means constructing a memory for him, endowing him with interiority, a conscience, which provide a bulwark against forgetting. It is within the domain of debt obligations that memory, subjectivity, and conscience begin to be produced. Lazzarato refers to the socializing process of creating individual subjects as "subjectivation". The latter part of the book is a criticism of debt as used in European neoliberal governance, introducing ideas which are developed more fully in Governing by Debt.
The Making of the Indebted Man has proved crucial for the application of the theorizing of neoliberal debt in relation to material culture and contemporary art. The book is a critique of neoliberalism and governmentality where the latter refers to a form of government which responds to economic demands, a notion closely related to ordoliberalism.
For example, governments and businesses closely coordinate their policies, laws, business practices and expectations, and are therefore coupled with each other. Lazzarato cites the work of Carl Schmitt to illustrate the point. He advocates for this goal because he attributes responsibility for human suffering during financial crises to capitalists and state actors, and not to any national population.
The laws, speeches, articles, and slogans deployed to this end are directly proportional to the scope of the fraud. During the crisis, technocratic governments have moved to construct a memory of debt not for individuals but for entire nations. The violence of taxes and appropriations is the privileged instrument, for only that which inflicts pain is engraved in memory, only that which hurts registers and remains inscribed in consciousness Nietzsche.
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Immaterial Labor Maurizio Lazzarato A significant amount of empirical research has been conducted concerning the new forms of the organization of work. This, combined with a corresponding wealth of theoretical reflection, has made possible the identification of a new conception of what work is nowadays and what new power relations it implies. An initial synthesis of these results - framed in terms of an attempt to define the technical and subjective-political composition of the working class can be expressed in the concept of immaterial labor, which is defined as the labor that produces the informational and cultural concent of the commodity. The concept of immaterial labor refers to two different aspects of labor.
Dugul It mobilizes important communication and marketing labpur in oazzarato to gather information recognizing the tendencies of the market and circulate it constructing a market. The Autonomy of the Productive Synergies of Immaterial Labor My working hypothesis, then, is that the cycle of immaterial labor takes as its starting point a social labor power that is independent and able to organize both its own work and its relations with business entities. Immaterial labor continually creates and modifies the forms and conditions of communication, which in turn acts as the interface that negotiates the relationship between production and consumption. If this model had some probability of corresponding to the dynamics of the market of immaterial labor at the moment of the birth of mass consumption whose effects Simmel very intelligently anticipatesit could laboir be utilized to account for the relationship between immaterial labor and consumer-public in postindustrial society.