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    Totally administered heteronomy: Adorno on work, leisure and politics in the age of digital capitalism

    Reeves, Craig and Sinnicks, M. (2023) Totally administered heteronomy: Adorno on work, leisure and politics in the age of digital capitalism. Journal of Business Ethics , ISSN 0167-4544.

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    This paper aims to demonstrate the contemporary relevance of Adorno’s thought for business ethicists working in the critical tradition by showing how his critique of modern social life anticipated, and offers continuing illumination of, recent technological transformations of capitalism. It develops and extrapolates Adorno’s thought regarding three central spheres of modern society which have seen radical changes in light of recent technological developments: work, in which employee monitoring has become ever more sophisticated and intrusive; leisure consumption, in which the algorithmic developments of the culture industry have paved the way for entertainment products to dominate us; and political discourse, in which social media has exacerbated the anti-democratic tendencies Adorno warned of in the mid-20th century. We conclude by presenting, as a rejoinder to these developments, the contours of an Adornian ethics of resistance to the reification and dehumanisation of such developments.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
    Depositing User: Craig Reeves
    Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2023 16:56
    Last Modified: 23 Jan 2024 17:26


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