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The Birth of Biocracy

Reinventing Hierarchy and Bureaucracy – from the Bureau to Network Organizations

ISBN: 978-1-78052-782-6, eISBN: 978-1-78052-783-3

ISSN: 0733-558X

Publication date: 2 May 2012

Abstract

Drawing on the idea of bio-power from wider social theory, this paper will demonstrate how life itself (bios) is now a crucial resource enlisted by capitalism. To explain this, the concept of biocracy is introduced to demonstrate how the informal subcultures, social intelligence and personal attributes of workers are currently being put to work. All that Fordism once feared is now the medium of a new form of exploitation. But as life itself is colonized in ever more expansive ways, resistance appears once again. A new political landscape has crystallized transforming the old tension between capital and labour into one between capital and life. Its manifesto is defined not by the demand for more, less or fairer work, but the end of work.

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Fleming, P. (2012), "The Birth of Biocracy", Diefenbach, T. and Todnem By, R. (Ed.) Reinventing Hierarchy and Bureaucracy – from the Bureau to Network Organizations (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 35), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 205-227. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X(2012)0000035010

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