Maurizio Lazzarato

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Maurizio Lazzarato
Maurizio Lazzarato DCRL Interview.jpg
Lazzarato in 2014
Born1955 (age 62–63)
Academic background
Alma materUniversité de Paris VIII
Thesis'Les machines à cristalliser le temps : perception et travail dans le post-fordisme[1] (1996)
Doctoral advisorJean-Marie Vincent
Academic work

Maurizio Lazzarato (born 1955) is an Italian sociologist and philosopher, residing in Paris, France. In the 1970s, he was in activist in the workers' movement (Autonomia Operaia) in Italy. Lazzarato was a founding member of the editorial board of the journal Multitudes.[2] Lazzarato is a researcher at Matisse/CNRS, Pantheon-Sorbonne University (University Paris I), and a member of the International College of Philosophy in Paris.[citation needed]


Lazzarato began his educational career as a student at the University of Padua in the 1970s, where he was active in the Autonomia Operaia movement. Lazzarato left Italy in the late 1970s for exile in France to escape political prosecution, although the charges against him were abandoned in the 1990s.[3]


Lazzarato is known for his essay, "Immaterial Labor," that appeared in a collection of contemporary Italian political theory edited by Marxist philosophers Michael Hardt and Paolo Virno, called Radical Thought in Italy (1996).[4][5] His research focuses on immaterial labor, the transformation of wage labor, and work, and cognitive capitalism. He was also interested in the concepts of biopolitics and bioeconomics.


  • "Immaterial Labor." In: Virno, Paolo, and Michael Hardt. 2010. Radical thought in Italy a potential politics. Minneapolis, Minn. [u.a.]: Univ. of Minnesota Press.
  • Marcel Duchamp et le refus du travail ; (suivi de :) Misère de la sociologie. 2014 Paris: Les Prairies ordinaires.
  • "The making of the indebted man: an essay on the neoliberal condition". 2012. Los Angeles, Calif: Semiotext(e).
  • Signs and Machines: Capitalism and the Production of Subjectivity. 2014. Los Angeles: Semiotext(e).
  • Governing by Debt. 2015. South Pasadena, CA: Semiotext(e).[6]
  • "Neoliberalism, the Financial Crisis and the End of the Liberal State." Theory, Culture & Society. December 1, 2015. 32, 67-83.
  • Alliez, Eric, and Mauricio Lazzarato. 2016. Guerres et capital. Paris: Editions Amsterdam.


  1. ^ Lazzarato, Maurizio (1996). Les machines à cristalliser le temps : perception et travail dans le post-fordisme (Ph.D.). Université de Paris VIII. OCLC 491240299. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  2. ^ "Angela Melitopoulos & Maurizio Lazzarato - Assemblages". Arsenal Forum. Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art. 2010. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  3. ^ Murphy, Timothy; Lazzarato, Mauricio (2007). "Strategies of the Political Entrepreneur". SubStance. 36 (112): 86. JSTOR 415285.
  4. ^ Han, Sam (2008). Navigating technomedia: caught in the Web. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield,.
  5. ^ Virno, Hardt, Paolo, Michael (1996). Radical thought in Italy: A potential politics. Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press.
  6. ^ Gratton, Peter (July 15, 2015). "Company of One: The Fate of Democracy in an Age of Neoliberalism". LA Review of Books.