Automation and Crisis: Arguing the future

Ana Cecilia Dinerstein, F. Harry Pitts

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This is an adapted extract from A World Beyond Work? Labour, Money and the Capitalist State Between Crisis and Utopia, forthcoming with Emerald in January 2021.

The main question confronting analyses and debates about automation today is whether this time is different. There have been many predictions through time that automation will lay waste to the economy, displace jobs and tear apart the labour market, with all the social and political consequences that implies. Evidently, automation on a mass scale has not happened yet, despite automation being a consistent part of the organisation and reorganisation of work in capitalist society, but is there anything about our own time that potentiates a different outcome? And what might the economic fallout from the COVID-19 fallout hold for the fortunes of what Aaron Benanav terms the ‘automation discourse’?
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationFutures of Work
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2021

Bibliographical note

Frederick Harry Pitts is Lecturer in Management at the University of Bristol

Ana Cecilia Dinerstein is Reader in Sociology at the University of Bath


  • automation
  • capitalist work
  • capitalism


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