Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3135: Platform Politics: Power, Technology and the Circuits of Social Struggle

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Bastani, Aaron. 2019. Fully Automated Luxury Communism . London: Verso.

Dean, Jodi. 2009. Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies: Communicative Capitalism and Left Politics . Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Dyer-Witheford, Nick. 2014. The Global Worker and the Digital Front. In Critique, Social Me dia and the Information Society , edited by Christian Fuchs and Marisol Sandoval, 165-178. New York: Routledge.

Fuchs, Christian, The Utopian Internet, Computing, Communication, and Concrete Utopias: Reading William Morris, Peter Kropotkin, Ursula K. Le Guin, and P.M. in the Light of Digital Socialism, pp. 146-186

Fuchs, Christian 2020. Nationalism on the Internet: Critical Theory and Ideology in the Age of Social Media and Fake News. New York: Routledge.

Irani Lily, 2015. Turkopticon: interrupting worker invisibility in Amazon Mechanical Turk. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 611–20. Paris: Assoc. Comput. Mach.

Noble SU. 2018. Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism. New York: New York Univ. Press.

Rahman H. 2018. Invisible cages: algorithmic evaluations in online labor markets. PhD Diss., Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA.

Englert, Sai, Woodcock, Jamie, Cant, Callum 2020. Digital Workerism: Technology, Platforms, and the Circulation of Workers’ Struggles, pp. 132-145 Tripple C .

Sandoval, Marisol and Christian Fuchs. 2010. Towards a Critical Theory of Alternative Media. Telematics and Informatics 27 (2): 141-150.

Scholz T, Schneider N, eds. 2016. Ours to Hack and to Own: The Rise of Platform Cooperativism, a New Vision for the Future of Work and a Fairer Internet. New York: OR Books.

Srnicek N. 2016. Platform Capitalism . Cambridge, UK/Malden, MA: Polity

Wells K, Attoh K, Cullen D. 2019. The Uber Workplace in D.C. Rep., Kalmanowitz Initiat. Labor Work. Poor, Georgetown Univ., Washington, DC. https://lwp.georgetown.edu/wp-content/uploads/Uber-Workplace.pdf

van Doorn, Niels, 2017. Platform labor: on the gendered and racialized exploitation of low-income service work in the “on-demand” economy. Inf. Commun. Soc. 20(6):898–914

Wood AJ, Graham M, Lehdonvirta V, Hjorth I. 2018. Good gig, bad gig: autonomy and algorithmic control in the global gig economy. Work Employ. Soc. 33(1):56–75

Zuboff S. 2019. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism. New York: Public Affairs.