Wed 4.23.14 | Predisposed to Explode

Gilbert Achcar, The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising UC Press, 2013




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Gilbert Achcar disapproves of the term “Arab Spring.” He thinks the uprisings that began in late 2010 are only the beginning of a long-term revolutionary process. Achcar points to underlying socioeconomic factors and conditions in his effort to locate the deep roots of the upheaval.

Mon 9.09.13 | Human Trafficking

Flores-González et al., eds., Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age U. of Illinois Press, 2013

Grace Chang, Disposable Domestics: Immigrant Women Workers in the Global Economy South End Press, 2000

Banteay Srei

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A landmark federal law prohibits human trafficking, but Grace Chang asserts that the US sponsors human trafficking. She also contests both the federal antitrafficking regime's emphasis on sex trafficking as well as claims, sometimes made by feminists, that prostitution is inherently coercive.

Wed 8.07.13 | Same as Apartheid?

George Steinmetz, ed., Sociology and Empire: The Imperial Entanglements of a Discipline Duke U. Press, 2013




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Many comparisons have been made between the contemporary treatment of Palestinians and the treatment of blacks in apartheid-era South Africa. But what do those comparisons ignore, and what differences deserve emphasis? Andy Clarno's analysis takes into account labor, empire, political economy, and new technologies.

Tues 7.02.13 | Turkish Turbulence

Zeynep Gambetti

Zeynep Gambetti, "Beginning Again in Taksim" Desinformémonos




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Why are so many people in so many of Turkey's cities and towns rising up against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan? What social, political, and economic demands are being advanced, and what are protesters creating on the ground? Zeynep Gambetti shares her insights into the meaning and impact of the protests with Charlotte Sáenz.

Tues 1.01.13 | Finance Capitalism

We are now in an era of global finance capitalism, says Richard Peet. But what does this mean? What's the relationship between finance capitalism and neoliberalism? Does finance capital exploit differently than industrial capital? And what are finance capitalism's main features and contradictions? Richard Peet explains how we got to this point; he also describes the perils of the current political-economic moment. (Encore presentation.)

Wed 10.31.12 | University as Factory

The Edu-factory Collective, Toward a Global Autonomous University Autonomedia, 2009

Gigi Roggero, The Production of Living Knowledge Temple U. Press, 2011

What role do colleges and universities play in the global capitalist order? How does escalating student debt fit within broader political-economic trends and tendencies? What does the Edu-factory Collective mean when it claims that "what was once the factory is now the university"? Max Haiven navigated these issues in a recent talk.


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