Storming Heaven - Second Edition

Storming Heaven - Second Edition : Class Composition and Struggle in Italian Autonomist Marxism

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Storming Heaven is the only book which looks at Italian workerist theory and practice, from its origins in the anti-Stalinist left of the 1950s to its heyday twenty years later. It focuses on the theme of workerism, or 'operaismo', which includes the refusal of work, class self-organisation, mass illegality and the extension of revolutionary agency, of of which are still practiced today by workers across the world.

Emphasising the dynamic nature of class struggle as the distinguishing feature of workerist thought, Storming Heaven reveals how this form of radical politics developed alongside emerging social movements to great effect. It assesses the strengths and limitations of workerism as first developed by Antonio Negri, Mario Tronti, Sergio Bologna and others.

This edition includes a new chapter looking at the debates around operaismo and Autonomia since the book originally appeared in 2002, and is updated with a new foreword and afterword.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 27.94mm | 498.95g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745399916
  • 9780745399911

Table of contents

Foreword by Harry Cleaver


1. Weathering the Fifties

2. Quaderni Rossi and the Workers' Enquiry

3. Classe Operaia

4. New Subjects

5. The Creeping May

6. Potere Operaio

7. Toni Negri and the Operaio Sociale

8. The Historiography of the Mass Worker

9. The Collapse of Workerism


Afterword: On Italian Workerism by Riccardo Bellofiore & Massimiliano Tomba

Postscript to the Second Edition
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'A vital, lucid contribution to understanding how the red threads of Marxism are being rewoven into the fabric of twenty-first century radicalism' -- Nick Dyer-Witheford, author of Cyber-Proletariat and Cyber-Marx 'As the most wide-ranging, historically nuanced and theoretically incisive treatment of the contested tradition of operaismo, Wright's book is an indispensable contribution to the study, critique or revitalisation of Italy's foremost contribution to Marxian heterodoxy' -- Alberto Toscano Goldsmiths, University of London

'The best account in English of the developments of autonomous politics in Italy in the 1960s and '70s' -- Michael Hardt, co-author with Antonio Negri of Empire
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About Steve Wright

Steve Wright is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University. He is the author of the classic survey of Italian autonomist theory Storming Heaven (Pluto, 2017), now in its second edition.
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