Digitalization in Industry

Between Domination and Emancipation

  • Uli Meyer
  • Simon Schaupp
  • David Seibt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Emancipation and Domination in the Workplace

  3. Promises of Emancipation Through Digital Fabrication

  4. Emancipating, Configuring, and Infrastructuring Users

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 285-289

About this book


This book traces how the current wave of industrial digitalization relates to processes of domination and emancipation. It aims to counter techno-deterministic narratives that would connect a perceived new ‘industrial revolution’ with clear-cut societal consequences. In order to do this, the volume intervenes into three ongoing discussions which pertain to  emancipation and domination in the workplace, promises of emancipation through digital fabrication, and the idea of emancipating, configuring, and infrastructuring the users of industrial products. Within this framework it addresses topics including democratic participation, management thinking, gamification, the maker movement, reshoring, digital platforms, and the automation of healthcare.


Science and technology studies Technopolitics Technology politics Innovation studies Politics of work Technology Digitalization Emancipation Domination Work Body Design Taylorism Communication Technologies Social emancipation

Editors and affiliations

  • Uli Meyer
    • 1
  • Simon Schaupp
    • 2
  • David Seibt
    • 3
  1. 1.Technical University of MunichMunichGermany
  2. 2.Technical University of MunichMunichGermany
  3. 3.Technical University of MunichMunichGermany

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