On the Use and Abuse of the Nineteenth Century: Toward a Genealogy of Exploitation
  • Zachary Samalin
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literature, Culture and Economics book series (PSLCE)


This chapter undertakes a genealogical analysis of the role of time in the theorization of exploitation, beginning with Karl Marx’s account of the constitution of the Victorian working day and ending with Gary Becker’s neoliberal concepts of time allocation and human capital. The discussion is organized by two overarching goals. First, it explores the different ways in which economic thought from the nineteenth century to the present has grappled with the dynamism of time. Second, it investigates the rhetorical function that the “nineteenth century” itself has come to play in recent attempts to conceptualize exploitation.


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  • Zachary Samalin
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