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Tottori Travel on Marx interestingly defines labor power in terms of movement and unrest. He also posits labor power as the quintessence of the potential creative and productive attitudes that are contained in a living body. From the point of view of capital, this movement must at once be exulted and restrained to render it productive within the networks of capital accumulation. This introduces an interesting problem because if we understand labor power with Marx in terms of movement and life, we must also posit the existence of a form of power that acts to restrain, detain, or, as Foucault writes, to concatenate, manage, or even arrest practices of mobility (1978, 93). The point is not to assert that power in the Foucauldian conception is simply a device of constraint or disciplining. The introduction of Marx’s concept of labor power, however, can challenge much of the theoretical orthodoxy that has developed around Foucault’s discussions of the inherent relation of power and resistance. This is because Marx’s insistence on potentiality as a defining feature of labor power opens a scenario in which the field of exercise of power in the Foucauldian sense is always subjectively qualified and shaped by the existence of a prior power that cannot be encapsulated by the Deleuzean slogan resistance comes first. Tottori Travel 2016.

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