Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

11-2006

Abstract

The crisis in measurement identified by those working in the tradition of Italian autonomia has consequences for the critique of accounting and management. If both capitalist work and the commodity are today communicative and overtly political, a critique that merely points to these characteristics will have no transformative effect. This paper uses the Trinidadian Marxist theorist C.L.R. James’s notion of self-activity to suggest that the crisis in measurement is a symptom of the separation of work and value. The institution of forms of self-management and what might be called wars of command begin to replace the governmentality of the wage and the general equivalent in the imposition of capitalist work. In the face of these capital-state developments, critiques in accounting and management might seek out a new object in the self-activity of the future.

Keywords

Autonomia, Self-activity, Wars of command, Priority, Socialization, Biobargain

Discipline

Accounting | Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods

Research Areas

Strategy and Organisation

Publication

Critical Perspectives on Accounting

Volume

17

Issue

7

First Page

935

Last Page

946

ISSN

1045-2354

Identifier

10.1016/j.cpa.2005.08.008

Publisher

Elsevier

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpa.2005.08.008

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