Skip to main content

Nowtopia: Strategic Exodus?

Buy Article:

$43.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)


Nowtopia identifies a new basis for a shared experience of class. Specifically, the exodus from wage labor on one side, and the embrace of meaningful, freely chosen and “free” (unpaid) work on the other. A product of three decades of decomposition of the working class, nowtopians are different from “drop-outs” in general, or surplus populations that constitute the necessary “outside” to capital, in their conscious withdrawal from capitalist culture and concerted rejection of the value form. In emergent convivial “nowtopian” communities, largely grounded in unpaid practical work which creatively meets needs such as transportation (the bicycling subculture), food (urban gardening/agriculture), and communication (open-source communities), we see a gradual reversal of the extreme atomization of modern life. While facing the threat of corruption via re-integration into the system, this constellation of practices, if taken together, is an elaborate, decentralized, uncoordinated collective research and development effort exploring a potentially post-capitalist, post-petroleum future.
No References
No Citations
No Supplementary Data
No Article Media
No Metrics

Keywords: atomization; capital; collectivity; decomposition of the working class; use value; wage labor; work

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: 2844 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA, USA;, Email: [email protected] 2: 907 Broadway, New York, NY, USA;, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 2010-09-01

  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more