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Knowledge in the Age of Digital Capitalism: An Introduction to Cognitive Materialism

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ISBN: 9781911534242 9781911534259 9781911534266 9781911534273 Year: Pages: 272 DOI: 10.16997/book3 Language: English
Publisher: University of Westminster Press
Subject: Sociology --- Media and communication --- Philosophy --- Information theory --- Science (General)
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Knowledge in the Age of Digital Capitalism proposes a new critical theory concerning the functioning of capitalism and how we consider knowledge and information. This ambitious book systematically and lucidly introduces contemporary phenomena into the framework of cognitive materialism to address some of the great themes of the social sciences: knowledge, exploitation and social class in an account of capitalism as totality in the present day. Author Mariano Zukerfeld reinvigorates materialist study of communications, presenting a typology of knowledge to explain the underlying material forms of information, intellectual property and cognitive work in contemporary societies. Using current examples the book also examines concerns such as free labour and the pivotal role of intellectual property. The book offers nothing less than an introduction to the theory of cognitive materialism and an account of the entirety of the digital (or knowledge) capitalism of our time.

India and the Patent Wars

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Book Series: ILR Press/Culture and Politics of Health Care Work ISBN: 9781501713460 9781501713972 9781501713989 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Cornell University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101567
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India and the Patent Wars examines struggles over patents and access to medicine among pharmaceutical producers, activists and others under a new global intellectual property regime. In the past two decades, intellectual property rights have expanded throughout the globe creating a world in which protections for patents and copyrights have increased and a growing range of knowledge and practices are claimed as property. Driving these changes are U.S. court decisions, the policies of multinational corporations, and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Resistance to this regime has emerged in low-income countries among public health activists concerned about the rising cost of medicines for HIV/AIDS and indigenous peoples who now see their knowledge as vulnerable and pursue ownership claims for their medical and cultural practices.

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