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Special issue: Philosophers of the World Unite! Theorising Digital 
Labour and Virtual Work - Definitions, Dimensions and Forms
Edited by Marisol Sandoval, Christian Fuchs, Jernej A. Prodnik, 
Sebastian Sevignani, Thomas Allmer
in context of the COST Action Dynamics of Virtual Work 

tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique 12 (2): 464-801 (pdf and html)

This special issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique aims 
to contribute to building a theoretical framework for the critical 
analysis of digital labour, virtual work, and related concepts that can 
initiate further debates, inform empirical studies, and inspire social 
struggles connected to work and labour in and beyond digital capitalism. 
The papers collected in this special issue (a) provide systematic 
definitions of digital labour, (b) analyse its specific dimension, and 
(c) discuss different forms of digital labour.
The papers collected in this special issue theorise digital labour as a 
multifaceted field characterised by exploitation, alienation, 
precariousness, power, inequality, ideology, and struggle. These 
problems of digital labour are however not inherent to digital 
technology as such but result from its inclusion and application in 
capitalist relations of production.
Theorising digital labour, as labour that produces or makes use of 
digital technologies, can help to understand its problems, limits, 
potentials, and contradictions. It can therefore highlight the need for 
social change and inspire political action. However, the act of freeing 
digital technology from being an instrument for the domination of labour 
requires to go beyond just interpreting the world and to engage in 
social struggles that want to change it.


Introduction: Philosophers of the World Unite! Theorising Digital Labour 
and Virtual Work—Definitions, Dimensions, and Forms/
Marisol Sandoval, Christian Fuchs, Jernej A. Prodnik, Sebastian 
Sevignani, Thomas Allmer/

Work and Labour as Metonymy and Metaphor/
Olivier Frayssé/

Digital Workers of the World Unite! A Framework for Critically 
Theorising and Analysing Digital Labour
/Christian Fuchs, Marisol Sandoval
Circuits of Labour: A Labour Theory of the iPhone Era
/Jack Linchuan Qiu, Melissa Gregg, Kate Crawford
Concepts of Digital Labour: Schelling's Naturphilosophie
/Kevin Michael Mitchell//
Digital Labour and the Use-value of Human Work. On the Importance of 
Labouring Capacity for understanding Digital Capitalism
/Sabine Pfeiffer
The Ideological Reproduction: (Free) Labouring and (Social) Working 
within Digital Landscapes
/Marco Briziarelli
Alienation and Digital Labour—A Depth-Hermeneutic Inquiry into Online 
Commodification and the Unconscious
/Steffen Krüger, Jacob Johanssen
Production Cultures and Differentiations of Digital Labour
/Yujie Chen
Digital Labour in Chinese Internet Industries
/Bingqing Xia

/Will Work For Free: The Biopolitics of Unwaged Digital Labour//
/Brian Brown
Toward a Political Economy of ‘Audience Labour’ in the Digital Era
/Brice Nixon
Playing, Gaming, Working and Labouring: Framing the Concepts and Relations
/Arwid Lund