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Racism is 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 have 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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Removing social support is necessary to compel the ‪‎poor‬ to work — what’s the origin of this erroneous political idea?

According to many neoliberal politicians and economists,  assistance to the unemployed and poor always creates more of the poverty it aims to alleviate; therefore removing welfare benefits and social support is necessary to compel the ‪‎poor‬ and unemployed to work.  What is the origin … 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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Futures and ethnographies of ‪neoliberalism‬

The special issue of Cultural Anthropology “Futures of ‪Neoliberalism‬” (open access) offers theoretically-astute and fine-grained ethnographic analyses of the effects of profound changes across the Globe in various fields: workers’ wageless and disrupted life in ‪‎Brazil‬, governance of young right-extremists in … Continue reading

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“Classification Situations: Life-chances in the Neoliberal Era” proposes to revisit class analysis through the prism of techno-social changes represented by the advent of market devices

A very interesting research “Classification Situations: Life-chances in the Neoliberal Era” by Marion Fourcade & Kieran Healy examines the stratifying effects of economic classifications. They argue that in the neoliberal era market institutions increasingly use actuarial techniques to split and … Continue reading

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Inequality is not just about money. Inequality is literally a killing field.

Inequality is a socio-cultural order which reduces our capabilities to function as human beings, our health, our dignity, our sense of self, as well as our resources to act and participate in the world— argues Göran Therborn (University of Cambridge) … Continue reading

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South Africa’s political economy: labor, politics and unfinished liberation

This special collection of articles from Review of African Political Economy, edited by Alexander Beresford (University of Leeds) examines the political economy of the transition to democracy and its implications for understanding some of the social, economic and political challenges that … Continue reading

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What Class is all about? How do Neoliberalism and Finance Capitalism work?

In this concise and instructive animated presentation (12 min), an economist Richard D. Wolff (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) tackles these questions and applies them to the 2007-8 “subprime crisis”. *** Join Economic Sociology and Political Economy community via Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+ / Instagram / Tumblr / Reddit / Telegram

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Continental Crucible: Big ‪‎Business‬, ‪Workers‬ and ‪Unions‬ in the Transformation of ‪North America‬

This revealing book by Edur Velasco Arregui and Richard Roman illustrates the ways in which the capitalist classes in Canada, Mexico and the United States used free trade agreements to consolidate their agendas and organize themselves continentally. This study has … Continue reading

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Social Inequality in a Global Age

Scott R. Sernau’s Social Inequality in a Global Age provides a sociological framework for analyzing inequality within the American society as well as analyzing the relationship between global stratification systems and internal  inequality. The book: • Places each issue and … Continue reading

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