This book demonstrates how and why vitalism—the idea that life cannot be explained by the principles of mechanism—matters now. Vitalism resists closure and reductionism in the life sciences while simultaneously addressing the object of life itself. The aim of this collection is to consider the questions that vitalism makes it possible to ask: questions about the role and status of life across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities and questions about contingency, indeterminacy, relationality and change. All have special importance now, as the concepts of complexity, artificial life and artificial intelligence, information theory, and cybernetics become increasingly significant in more and more fields of activity.

The New Economy, Property and Personhood

The New Economy, Property and Personhood

The new economy, property and personhood


The focus of this article is the new economy, or what some have termed a virtual, reflexive or network economy. While the concept of the new economy is often critiqued for its vagueness – an opaqueness which diverse conceptual and more empirically based definitions have contributed towards – this article aims to identify how in economic arrangements characterized by knowledge and service intensity, relations of property, and especially the relations between people and their labour, are being reworked. In so doing, this article therefore aims to contribute to the project of specifying the dynamics of the new economy (Callon et al., 2002; Castells, 1996; Lury, 2003; Thrift, 1998). Its point of departure is the ...

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