capitalism

Tues 9.16.14 | Going to Waste

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Prodigious amounts of usable and edible waste are produced by commercial enterprises. They, and the capitalist system, try to keep that waste out of public view. Alex Barnard and Marie Mourad discuss the politics of waste and describe efforts, by freegans and Disco Soupe and others, to recover and reclaim and, in some cases, live off of waste.

Tues 9.09.14 | Food Politics, Race, Capitalism

Aaron Bobrow-Strain, White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf Beacon, 2012

Alison Hope Alkon, Black, White, and Green: Farmers Markets, Race, and the Green Economy, University of Georgia Press, 2012

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The recent job walkouts by fast food workers has been a reminder of the conditions under which people who produce our food labor -- or at least those who make highly processed food. But what about the organic nutritious food sold at farmers markets? Surely things are different there. Or are they? Scholar Aaron Bobrow-Strain looks at the history and blindspots of the alternative food movement. And sociologist Alison Hope Alkon reflects on questions of race, class, and green capitalism.

Wed 9.03.14 | No Alternative?

Richard Swift, SOS Alternatives to Capitalism New Internationalist, 2014

 

 

 

 

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Since the global financial crisis, capitalism has been seen as the culprit for so many of the world's woes, from inequality to the destruction of the environment. Yet no other system appears to be viable. But is that in fact the case? Journalist Richard Swift assesses anarchism, state socialism, social democracy, and the left turn in Latin America. He makes the case for eco-socialism and degrowth.

Tues 7.08.14 | The End of Cheap Nature?

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As a trip to the supermarket will bear out, food prices are on the rise. We know the implications of higher food costs for ourselves and especially for the poor, but what about for capitalism itself? In part two of an extended interview, radical scholar Jason W. Moore argues that capitalism is running out of cheap nature -- including food and labor -- to exploit, with serious consequences for the system itself. 

Wed 7.02.14 | Incarceration, Disability, and Capitalism

Liat Ben-Moshe, “Disabling Incarceration” Critical Sociology

Liat Ben-Moshe, “The Tension Between Abolition and Reform”

Ben-Moshe, Carey, and Chapman, eds., Disability Incarcerated Palgrave, 2014

 

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Incarceration is commonly understood as detention in prisons and jails. Liat Ben-Moshe argues that the term's meaning should be broadened to include confinement in places like psychiatric hospitals, mental institutions, and even nursing homes. Ben-Moshe discusses the trend toward deinstitutionalization, the position of people with disabilities in capitalist society, and what she calls the institution-industrial complex. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 7.01.14 | Age of Humans or Age of Capital?

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The effects of human-generated climate change have become ever visible, from droughts to raging wildfires to floods and superstorms. So are we now living in a new geological epoch? Jason W. Moore argues against the notion of the Anthropocene -- or the age of humans -- in understanding global warming. He posits that we should instead see climate change as the product of the Capitalocene, or age of capital.

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