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The Servile Mass Society

BySilvio LorussoJanez Fakin Janša

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In this essay, initially published in Italian by NERO, the Rotterdam based writer, artist and designer Silvio Lorusso, discusses his idea of the “delegation society”, which he briefly outlined in his book Entreprecariat: Everyone Is an Entrepreneur. Nobody Is Safe (2018). The delegation society is no longer divided into Marxian classes but is instead formed into a new pyramidal order. At the top sits the professional élite who delegate reproductive work to the lower levels in order to gain time and be able to work more; at the bottom lies the highly fragmented servant class. In the middle an unstable professional class struggles to become a part of the élite, alternating in their work between professionals and servants. The micro-élite at the top legitimize themselves and the delegation system through telling a story that transforms servants into entrepreneurs, exactly what the gig economy platforms do.

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Publication Date
Mar 23, 2021
Language
English
Category
Art & Photography
Copyright
Creative Commons NonCommercial, NoDerivatives (CC BY-NC-ND)
Contributors
By (author): Silvio Lorusso, Edited by: Janez Fakin Janša

Specifications

Pages
12
Binding
Saddle Stitch
Interior Color
Color
Dimensions
A5 (5.83 x 8.27 in / 148 x 210 mm)

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