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The Disguises of Wage-Labour: Juridical Illusions, Unfree Conditions and Novel Extensions

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Once we shift the intension of the concept of wage-labour from juridical attributes of negative ownership and contractual freedom to the actual performance of capital-positing labour, the extension of the concept – the cases that fall under it – changes as well. Once the concept of wage-labour is intensively re-defined as capital-positing labour, it becomes evident that the history and the geographical scope of wage-labour have not been well understood. This shift in the intension of the concept of wage-labour also disjoins the association between capitalism and freedom.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Rhetoric, UC Berkeley;, Email:


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