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  • Critique and Conclusion

    Mike Healy

    Chapter from the book: Healy, M. 2020. Marx and Digital Machines: Alienation, Technology, Capitalism.


    This conclusion discusses the extent to which the research themes have been addressed and identifies areas of possible further research. It also provides a critique of the project’s own research process. This book has considered three overarching themes: firstly, how far Marx’s approach to alienation could help theorise the experiences of the author’s three groups of research participants within their various settings. Secondly, how the dynamic nature of each examined environment added credibility to the view that alienation cannot be properly understood using simplified research approaches such as Seeman’s. Lastly it considers the extent to which Marx’s theory might be of use in providing a framework for undertaking the research into alienation in other contexts. The chapter also assesses strategies of amelioration of alienation and wider changes to the working environment as suggested by Marx whilst in the meantime acknowledging the virtue of practical steps to challenge and overcome the alienation so deeply rooted within our digital lives. The evidence presented within this book is in support of Marx’s persuasive line of argument that if the alienation of groups within society is to be avoided, ICT should be taken out of the control of capital and placed under the direction of collectives or communities.

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    Healy, M. 2020. Critique and Conclusion. In: Healy, M, Marx and Digital Machines. London: University of Westminster Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16997/book47.h

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    Published on Oct. 16, 2020