Digital Society and Capitalism

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April 1, 2018
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Digital Society and Capitalism

Editor: Professor Mike Grimshaw (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)

We are inviting article proposals for this special issue to be published in the open access journal Palgrave Communications, published by Palgrave Macmillan (

This article collection addresses the questions that arise concerning the impacts and challenges that digital society provides for and against capitalism. Digital society has been lauded as emancipatory and freeing individuals from the constrictions of time and place and yet also critiqued as introducing a type of techno-feudalism of data extraction. The vaunted freedom of work and leisure time, work-space and leisure-place, has occurred to some, yet for many others it has created the collapse of work and non-work time and space into a digital surveillance of work, identity and social interaction. There are also issues of technological inequality and generational differences.

Contributions are invited that provide perspectives on hot topics within this theme, including, but not restricted to, questions such as:

  • Can digital society be now considered the new opiate of the masses of neo-liberal capitalism?
  • What are the issues and possibilities of digitalism society within the turn to the financialisation of capitalism?
  • Did digital society contribute to the survival of capitalism after the Global Financial crisis?
  • Is the issue the 1% that the Occupy movement focused on, often via social media and digital society, or is it the hyper-capitalist entrepreneurs and plutocracy of the digital economy who are calculated to form the far smaller 0.0001%?
  • How has labour changed within digital society?
  • In what way can we talk about an App economy and App labour?
  • In what ways can we discuss ethnicity and gender within digital society and capitalism?
  • How have different forms of politics within capitalism made use of digital society to advance their claims and ideologies?
  • How has publishing, news, sports and entertainment within capitalism been affected by the rise of digital society?
  • What are the impacts upon universities and other forms of knowledge production?
  • Where and how do the precariat exist within the matrix of digital society and capitalism?


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