Alexia Madeleine  Cameron Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Alexia Madeleine Cameron

Self-Directed Researcher

Having moved to Melbourne from New Zealand to complete her Doctorate of Philosophy, Alexia is a self-directed sociologist passionate about realising an economy of desire. She continues to refine and develop her practice centred around ecosystems of feeling, and how these both transcend cultural capitalism and at the same time actively produce it.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    The sociology of emotion, feeling and affect, alter-economics, postmodern cultures, ethnography and auto-ethnography, critical cultural theory, the sociology of work, and engaged sociology.
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Personal Interests

    Alexia enjoys long walks especially on the beach, swimming in the ocean, engaging with a range of art, and observing and defamiliarising her everyday life.


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Compaso: Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology

Affect and the labor theory of value: A contemporary amendment

Published: Dec 02, 2020 by Compaso: Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology
Authors: Alexia Cameron
Subjects: Sociology

Drawing on Melbourne, Australia, as an example of a ‘liveable’ metropolitan centre that is built of immaterial labor, this conceptual paper examines the separation, or disconnect, between culture and production in formal economics, compared with the integration of subjectivities, affect, audiences, and cultures that actually make and re- make (immaterial) values, to reimagine a new theory of value grounded in affect.


Reconfiguring Affected Labor as a Site of Resistance

Published: Feb 19, 2019 by Capacious
Authors: Alexia Cameron

Through engaging with the concept of ‘noncollaboration’ this paper suggests that labors of being affected—where value is generated through seducing workers, consumers, employers, brands, and audiences in concert with the atmosphere of the product—provide insightful and illustrative instances for noncollaboration on the ground. ‘

Proceedings of The Australian Sociological Association Conference

Affective Labour in ‘Hip’ Melbourne Cafés and Bars: In defence of Hardt and Negri’s thesis

Published: Nov 28, 2016 by Proceedings of The Australian Sociological Association Conference
Authors: Alexia Cameron
Subjects: Consumer Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, Social Psychology, Work & Organizational Psychology

This paper uses ethnographic methodology to expose the function of affect in both the accumulation of immaterial value within Melbourne’s café and bar culture, and the corresponding change to workers’ approaches to ‘service’, along with their clientele. The paper concludes that affective surpluses function in excess of the material products they enlarge, and hence move according to their own ethics, rather than the ethics of capitalism.