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Cross-Class Encounters, Social Capital and Moral Judgments at an Elite College

“The sociology of education is a chapter, and not a minor one at that, in the sociology of knowledge and the sociology of power…  [Given that] the structure of social space as observed in advanced societies is the product of … Continue reading

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What is Money?

“Money is not a “mere voucher for unspecified utilities”, which could be altered at will without any fundamental effect on the character of the price system as a struggle of man against man. “Money” is, rather, primarily a weapon in … Continue reading

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Why is there no labor party in the United States? Look at Canada to find out

In 1906, a German distinguished (somewhat neglected) economist and sociologist Werner Sombart published Why is there no Socialism in the United States? – a book which will become a famous work on American exceptionalism to this day (along with a pioneering and penetrative  Democracy in America, by Alexis de … Continue reading

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Ethnographies of austerity

Austerity is not about numbers, economic data or amorphous macro-scale policies; Austerity is about people. Middle and working-class people, they are the ones who bear the brunt of oppressive neoliberalism and carry the depressing burdens of austerity in their everyday life: increasing unemployment, … Continue reading

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Class struggle — Karl Marx would be proud of this guy

On a whiteboard at the college entrance “Tell us what class are you struggling with and why? The Bourgeoise b/c they control the modes of production” 😉 Although it should be “means of production”, I think this person has already … Continue reading

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Capital as power and class struggle explained by… Adam Smith?!

In any given society, there is no freedom of contract between capitalist and worker, whose interests are essentially opposite. The power of a landlord, a manufacturer, a merchant resides in his wealth, explaining the inherent subjection of laborers, which lack almost any … Continue reading

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Credit makes you free! Neoliberalism, politics of debt and the subjugation of the working poor

Under the rubric of ‘financial inclusion’, lending to the poor – in both the global North and global South – has become a highly lucrative and rapidly expanding industry since the 1990s. A key inquiry of Susanne Soederberg’s penetrating and … Continue reading

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International Political Economy scholars miss THE question of the 21st century: the rise of a global labor class living in poverty

In the recent years, more and more International Political Economy (IPE) scholars are dissatisfied with the current state of this field of research and desire to identify the ‘Big Questions’ of the 21st century. In this (open access) article, Benjamin … Continue reading

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Ulrich Beck has died. His powerful concept of ‘Risk Society’ is relevant as never before

Renowned sociologist and social thinker Ulrich Beck has died. Ulrich Beck (Munich University and LSE) became one of the world’s most famous intellectuals and most quoted social scientists in recent decades. Ulrich Beck’s book Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity (1986/1992) is … Continue reading

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Racism is about more than individual prejudice. It’s about power, capitalism and class struggle

Racism is about more than individual prejudice. It relies on the interests of those who hold the real power in society and the economy, and use every possible means to hold onto it. It’s about capitalism and class struggle. This … Continue reading

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