Libraries, Labour, Capital

On Formal and Real Subsumption

  • Sam Popowich University of Alberta
Keywords: capitalism, labour, libraries, Marxism, neoliberalism, value

Abstract

This article looks at librarianship from a Marxist economic perspective, arguing that crises within the profession are due to material changes in the organization of production and labour relations. These changes are part of a transition from one “regime of accumulation” (industrial, Fordist, Keynesian) to another (neoliberal). The article suggests that any choice made to address these changes leads us further into relations of commodification which worsen the crises we face, and that only fundamental changes to the social, political, and economic system in which we work and live will solve the problems we currently face.

Published
2018-03-28
Section
Research Articles