Negri on Fieldwork

“The factory was my archive – and it was an exceptional one at that. My research consisted of arriving in front of the factory door at 5:00 a.m. and staying there till 8:00 a.m. handing out leaflets, talking, and getting drunk on grappa with the workers, while surrounded by thick winter fog and unbearable oil stench. Then I would go and teach at the university in Padua. And then I would return to Porto Marghera at 5:00 p.m. to meet again with the workers so as to write the leaflets we would be handing out the next day. There were around sixty thousand factory workers in that area at that time.”

From In Praise of the Common: A Conversation on Philosophy and Politics

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