Tues 4.14.15 | Nonprofits and Housing Privatization in New Orleans

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Nonprofit organizations make up much of what we often think of as the left in this country -- focusing on housing rights, the environment, and many other deserving issues. But is their influence benign? Could there be a connection between nonprofits and the neoliberal project of privatization and cutting back public services? Activist and sociologist John Arena contends that nonprofits were key in getting poor people to go along with public housing privatization in New Orleans, with terrible consequences.

Tues 3.10.15 | Innovation Under Neoliberalism

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If innovation is the engine that drives capitalist enterprise, what role, if any, should universities play in feeding that engine? The creativity that Christopher Newfield seeks to nurture in students doesn't match the kind coveted by neoliberal elites. He points to a number of disturbing trends in higher ed, and to differences in capitalist development between East and West.

Tues 2.24.15 | Post-Neoliberal Capitalism?

Albena Azmanova, “The Crisis of the Crisis of Capitalism”

Albena Azmanova, "Crisis? Capitalism is Doing Very Well. How is Critical Theory?"

Albena Azmanova, The Scandal of Reason Columbia U. Press, 2012

Azmanova & Mihai, eds., Reclaiming Democracy Routledge, 2015

The Program in Critical Theory at U.C. Berkeley

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Where does capitalism stand today? If the system is crisis-ridden and hasn't delivered the goods to large sectors of the population, why aren't we in a revolutionary moment? And what has happened to the neoliberal version of capitalism that first emerged in the 1970s? Albena Azmanova contends that we've entered a new stage of capitalism, one in which a few are handed opportunities and the rest are made to shoulder the risks.

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.

Mon 9.01.14 | 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. (Encore presentation.)

Mon 4.28.14 | Feminism and Neoliberalism

Nancy Fraser, "Feminism, Capitalism, and the Cunning of History" New Left Review




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Second wave feminism arguably changed the lives of Americans more than any other movement of the New Left. Yet did it have the unintended consequence of bolstering a new form of capitalism taking shape? Noted feminist critic Nancy Fraser discusses the simultaneous rise of the women's movement and neoliberalism and argues for a renewed feminism today. (Encore presentation.)

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