The Home and the Reproduction of Society: On Work, Rent and the Reach of Capital
Marxist Sociology
by Mai Taha
3d ago
The early twentieth century saw a wave of anti-colonial struggles that took the form of the labour strike. In the 1930s, Palestinian workers went on a general strike that turned into a three-year revolution to resist the settler colonial project orchestrated by the British Mandate. In Egypt, workers also went on general strikes demanding [...] Source ..read more
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Marxism, Social Movements and Collective Action
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by Adrián Piva
1M ago
Since the world crisis of 2008, we have been living in a phase characterized by poor growth, political instability, and geopolitical tension.  In this context, large waves of class struggle, like that in 2010-2012 and 2018-2019 along with the rise and advance of far-rights and authoritarianism in the world pose once more the question [...] Source ..read more
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Are Public and Private Sector Workers of a Different Nature?
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by Sebastián Etchemendy
2M ago
Public-sector unions are becoming the hegemonic labor actor in many contemporary democracies. Despite the recent comeback of some unions in the private sector in the US, when one looks at the 21st century in perspective, the trend in unequivocal: while private-sector unions are generally in retreat, public-sector labor is a consistent force in much of [...] Source ..read more
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Legitimacy and Vanguards in Revolutionary Struggle
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by Huseyin Raşit
2M ago
Since 2011, one of the most important revolutionary projects of the twenty-first century has been taking roots in the north of Syria. In this region most commonly known as Rojava, a group of Kurdish revolutionaries and their various allies have been trying to establish a new and alternative way of governing our collective lives. [...] Source ..read more
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Questions of Caste and Racial Capitalism
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by Sheetal Chhabria
3M ago
It is still the case, centuries after the onset of orientalizing tropes became codified in the formal “study of India,” that caste is still treated as a cultural and therefore not a material, historical, or economic phenomenon. I have not myself undertaken a quantitative assessment of this, but it would be interesting to classify [...] Source ..read more
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Provincializing Asian regional food regimes
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by Kuan-Chi Wang
4M ago
A recent study led by Kuan-Chi Wang found that the legacy of imperialism gave rise to diverse agricultural trajectories in Asia, with countries embracing varying models of development. Some embraced capitalist-driven “green revolutions,” while others pursued socialist-inspired approaches to agricultural modernization. These divergent paths reflected each nation's unique historical context and ideological leanings, contributing to the complexity of contemporary food regimes in the region. Adding another layer to this rich complexity, agricultural experts and institutions emerged as key actors i ..read more
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ECLAC and the problematization of Latin America’s development
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by Emilia Ormaechea
4M ago
Latin America is usually recognized as the most unequal region in the world. It seems clear that the region faces important obstacles to development. But how do we understand the challenges to Latin America’s development? In a recent article, Emilia Ormaechea analyzes the changes in the idea of development in the contributions of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) from its creation, in 1948, to the present day. She argues that ECLAC had a very critical understanding of the challenges that a development strategy for Latin America entailed, especially during the ..read more
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“Right-to-Work” Laws Really Work…Just Not the Way You Think They Do
Marxist Sociology
by Tom VanHeuvelen
4M ago
A narrow focus on "treatment effects" has led much academic research to ignore the broader institutional work that "right-to-work" laws accomplish – changing the balance of power between political parties, allowing for new policy bundles to be enacted, and changing the perceived realm of the reasonable and possible for new labor market entrants. Source ..read more
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Understanding a New Age of Algorithmic Capital
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by Jonathan Martineau
5M ago
As a critical theory of algorithmic capitalism, our contribution is grounded in an emancipation project. We explore paths of reform, revolution, and exit strategies from algorithmic capitalism. We develop a virtue ethics approach to favor collective resistance and emancipation from algorithmic capitalism. Source ..read more
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Defetishizing Israel and the Importance of BDS
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by Pritish Das
5M ago
One of the terms frequently appearing on the news regarding the Palestinian genocide is “humanitarian crisis.” In my head, the imagery of humanitarianism raises memories of the old UNICEF commercials with the exploitative spectacle of starving African or third-world children and women staring at the camera. Humanitarianism depends on a currency of sympathy and [...] Source ..read more
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