Between Factory and Society: Mario Tronti’s Political Foundation of Workerism

The two classes focus on extracts from “Workers and Capital”, published by Mario Tronti in 1966. The reading group will try to answer to the following questions: what does it mean the transition from «labor-power» to «working class»? What is the political meaning of the category of abstract labor? What kind of relationship did Tronti imagine between factory and society? What are the political implications of Mario Tronti’s Workerism in terms of tactics and strategy?


Extracts from “Workers and Capital”:

Initial Hypotheses

Marx Yesterday and Today

Factory and Society

Social Capital

A New Style of Political Experiment

Lenin in England

Class and Party

Initial Theses

Marx, Labor-power, Working Class

The Strategy of Refusal

Struggle against Labor

A very useful book about the history of Italian Workerism is:

  1. Wright, Storming Heaven. Class Composition and Struggle in Italian Autonomist Marxism, London, Pluto Press, 2002

The Italian edition of the book of Tronti is now:

Operai e capitale, Roma, Derive Approdi, 2013.