capitalism

Wed 1.29.14 | Bottom Billion Capitalism

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How do we help the billion-plus humans who live in extreme poverty? Is microfinance part of the answer, and how should we evaluate its connection to "bottom billion capitalism," the effort to integrate desperately poor people into global circulations of finance capital? Ananya Roy looks at how poverty is viewed and addressed.

Wed 1.15.14 | Wolff's Influences; Gramsci's Ideas

Richard Wolff speaking in Berkeley tonight

Joseph Buttigieg

Antonio Gramsci

Antonio Gramsci, Prison Notebooks, vols. 1-3, edited and translated by J. Buttigieg, Columbia U. Press, 1992-2007

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Which thinkers and what ideas influenced Richard Wolff's development as a radical economist, teacher, and author? Wolff found the writings of the Italian theorist Antonio Gramsci compelling; Joseph Buttigieg is one of the leading scholars of Gramsci in the US.

Mon 1.13.14 | 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, forthcoming

 

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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.

Wed 12.25.13 | Strange Brew

Rethinking Marxism

 

 

 

 

 

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In the US there are feminists and there are conservative Christian women. There's certainly no overlap -- or is there? Ellen Flournoy describes what the intersection of evangelical Christianity, postmodernity, and feminism looks like; she also points to the confluence of consumer capitalism and Christian ideals.

Tues 12.24.13 | Capitalist Dynamics

Cynthia Kaufman, Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope Lexington Books, 2013 (paper)

 

 

 

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For people who oppose capitalism, what use are elections? Does it make sense to work to reform the capitalist system, or is more drastic action necessary? And by what mechanisms and forms of agency does capitalism perpetuate itself? Cynthia Kaufman believes a nuanced account of capitalism must inform efforts to challenge it.

Mon 12.23.13 | Bottom Billion Capitalism

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How do we help the billion-plus humans who live in extreme poverty? Is microfinance part of the answer, and how should we evaluate its connection to "bottom billion capitalism," the effort to integrate desperately poor people into global circulations of finance capital? Ananya Roy looks at how poverty is viewed and addressed.

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