Towards a Grammar of the Recreative Industries

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The recreative industries emerge from my long-standing preoccupation with thinking what a refusal of labour might look like as a generative proposal; one that can then be incarnated in practices, subjectivities and organizational forms understood as collective repertoires. Many of those post-work scenarios that have considered the technological problem of automation and digitalization have addressed the issue of free labour quite effectively. They have had noticeably less to say, however, about those forms a workforce freed from labour can take. In this respect, I believe the current debates around post-work would benefit from a more granular description of what anti-work activities and ways of organizing might consist of, what their subjects, procedures and objects (in Marxian terms, their political and technical composition) could be.
This article is published in the pamphlet 'Competition and Cooperation', one in a series of 7 as part of the Radical Open Access II conference, which took place June 26-27 at Coventry University.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCompetition and Cooperation
EditorsSebastian Nordhof, Maddalena Fragnito, Valeria Graziano
PublisherOpen Humanities Press
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018
EventThe Ethics of Care conference - Coventry, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jun 201827 Jun 2018


ConferenceThe Ethics of Care conference
CountryUnited Kingdom

Bibliographical note

This is an open access pamphlet, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.


  • creative industries
  • cultural industries
  • Social reproduction
  • cultural studies
  • organization theory
  • recreative
  • prefiguration

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