Reading List

Work and Automation: Verso Student Reading


For fifty years Verso authors have been publishing radical books on the intersections of labour and technology. From feminist critiques of work's new ideologies, to classic essays on the developing digital economy, this reading list will help you grapple with the potentials and pitfalls of automation, and inspire you to reconceptualise society's dependence on current forms of work. 

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A major new manifesto for the end of capitalism.

Tracing the complexity and contradictory nature of work throughout history.

A polemic account of automation technologies and their effect on workplaces and the labor market.

A different kind of politics for a new kind of society—beyond work, scarcity and capitalism

Revolutionary account of transformative potential in the knowledge economy

A bracing riposte to the conventional wisdom concerning the irresistible power of globalization, Workers in a Lean World is a definitive account of contemporary labor relations on a global scale.

An indispensable window into the changing shape of the American working class and American politics

Why every worker should join a trade union

How the Information Age makes the world more incomprehensible

“Demonstrates that good organizers can in fact succeed.”– Frances Fox Piven

The classic text of Italian workerism finally available in English

How the law harms sex workers—and what they want instead

Free Ebook: writers on the radical new economic agenda for the left

The decline of the American union movement—and how it can revive, by a leading analyst of labor

“Brilliant political analysis." – The Nation

An original study of the formative years of working-class racism in the United States

A vibrant history in graphic art of the Industrial Workers of the World.

“Crucial reading ... for all those who have ever punched a clock.”—International Labor and Working Class History

A field manual to the technologies that are changing our lives

A highly engaging tour through history in the service of emancipating our digital tomorrow

Against the background of recent technological developments, Gorz's major new book explores the political agendas facing both right and left in the midst of the transformations of the nature of work and the structure of the workforce

Transcending the arid formalism of present-day economic theory, Frontiers of Political Economy develops a new and accessible perspective on the world economy

Theorists and technology experts assess the relationship between computers, robots and work

"One of the major contributions of the last decade to Marxist economics."—Choice

“A polemic as finely concentrated as a line of pure cocaine” – Los Angeles Review of Books

Political theorist Joshua Clover theorizes the riot as the form of the coming insurrection

This influential collection of essays focuses on the elusive concept of “value,” and aims to answer the question “Why is Marx’s theory of value so important?”