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Workplace political theory. Reconceptualising exploitation, democracy and justice through workers’ reflexive writings – THEOVAIL

Submission summary

In this research project, we intend to reassess fundamental questions in political theory by drawing on workers’ reflexive writings
from the beginnings of capitalism to the current digital economy. Throughout history, in situations of induced reflexivity due to the
transformations of capitalism and the broadening of the working-class, workers have written texts in which they reflect on their work
experience, their attempts to associate and to claim rights. Together, these texts form an underground continent of workplace
political theory. Due to the distinctive standpoint of workers, they can shed a new light on the concepts of exploitation, democracy
and justice, and inform us about the social conditions of theoretical activity. To explore this intellectual history of capitalism from
below, the research team will focus on four historical periods. For each period, we will investigate a both a French and an
international case study.

Project coordination

Samuel Hayat (Centre de recherches politiques de Sciences Po (CEVIPOF))

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


LIRDEF Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire de Recherche en Didactique, Education et Formation
MAPP Alexis Cukier
FNSP Centre de recherches politiques de Sciences Po (CEVIPOF)
CERAPS Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Administratives, Politiques et Sociales

Help of the ANR 303,954 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: December 2019 - 42 Months

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