Monthly Archives: October 2014

Why after three decades of economic reforms in Latin America labor laws remained rigidly protective and remarkably diverse?

Continuity Despite Change: The Politics of Labor Regulation in Latin America shows that after three decades of economic reforms labor laws have changed far less than many expected and remained both rigidly protective and remarkably diverse. Why? In this very … Continue reading

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Global South – Global North intersection in one powerful photo

African migrants and refugees, caught for several hours on the border fence between Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla and Morocco, look down on white-clad golfers. (See details here)

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“Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education”: how modes of material and symbolic violence undermine public pedagogy and commitment to democracy

This important and accessible book is about how policies and modes of material and symbolic violence radically reshape the mission and practice of higher education and its institutions, short-changing a young generation suffering from – and coping with – precarity. … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky on neoliberal semantics: “working class” vs. “middle class”

Noam Chomsky: We don’t use the term “working class” here [ in the U.S] because it’s a taboo term. You’re supposed to say “middle class,” because it helps diminish the understanding that there’s a class war going on. Read this comprehensive interview … Continue reading

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‘Performativity thesis’: Accounting’s mediating role in bringing theoretical statements from economics into life

An interesting “The ‘performativity thesis’ and its critics: Towards a relational ontology of management accounting” by Ed Vosselman, explores accounting’s mediating role in bringing theoretical statements from economics into life. The paper addresses the so-called performativity thesis that claims that economic … Continue reading

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Jerry ‪Seinfeld‬ on ‪consumerism‬, ‪advertising‬ and ‪culture‬ of ‪consumption‬ :-)

Jerry Seinfeld: “I love advertising because I love lying… I think spending your life trying to dupe innocent people out of hard-won earnings to buy useless, low-quality, misrepresented items and services is an excellent use of your energy.” (4 min … Continue reading

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Political economy of Ebola — one picture and two articles

— “Drug companies’ refusal to invest in research [of Ebola] and the conditions on the ground created by neoliberal policies that exacerbate and even encourage outbreaks goes unmentioned. […] Ebola is a problem that is not being solved because there is almost … Continue reading

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Gendering the Recession: Media, Culture and the Reemergence of Gender Tropes

Gendering the Recession: Media and Culture in an Age of Austerity is an interesting book which provides analyses of a recession-era media culture characterized by the reemergence and refashioning of familiar gender tropes, including crisis masculinity, coping women, and postfeminist self-renewal. … Continue reading

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Mark Granovetter didn’t win (yet) the ‪‎Nobel Prize. Here is his rejection letter, from 1969.

A prominent economic sociologist Mark Granovetter didn’t win (yet) the ‪Nobel Prize in economic sciences‬. Let’s take a look at his rejection letter. You may think I’m talking about the Nobel… But I’m not. This is the rejection letter ‪Granovetter‬ received from American … Continue reading

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From Mark Twain’s observation on October stock market to Randy Martin’s on financialization of daily life

We are in mid-October, stock exchange indexes are falling and economic journalists are shouting and wondering: is the next October stock market crash approaching? That’s a good occasion to recall a good old Mark Twain’s observation: “October: This is one of the peculiarly … Continue reading

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