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Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education: the modes of material and symbolic violence undermine public pedagogy and 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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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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John Urry on social and political dangers of offshoring

Updated: Very sad news from Lancaster– John Urry, a brilliant, groundbreaking & influential scholar died on March 18, 2016.  The concealment of ‪‎wealth‬ and ‪‎profits‬ in ‪‎Tax Havens‬ has brought the topic of ‪‎offshoring‬ into public debate, but as a distinguished sociologist John … Continue reading

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“Politics in the Age of Austerity” analyzes the dilemmas governments face as they seek to reconcile the conflicting demands of voters and ‘the markets’

This insightful volume, edited by Wolfgang Streeck and Armin Schafer, is an important contribution to the contemporary literature on the political economy of the advanced capitalist countries. In a world of increasing austerity measures, democratic politics comes under pressure. With … Continue reading

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“Modern Politics as a Trust Scheme and Its Relevance to Modern Banking” demonstrates that modern banking and politics are mirror images of each other

The trust is largely absent in the classical writings of Karl Marx and Max Weber on the origins and nature of capitalism. Jongchul Kim demonstrates in this excellent essay (that was awarded the Article of the Year by Journal of … Continue reading

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Name and Shame: Columbia University fired two Public Intellectuals because they hadn’t brought in enough grants

This story should worry everyone who cares about democracy, society and wants academics to play a larger role in public debates. Anthropologists Carole Vance and Kim Hopper, longtime professors at Columbia University’s School of Public Health got fired without compensation after … Continue reading

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The End of Protest: How Free-Market Capitalism Learned to Control Dissent

The End of Protest: How Free-Market Capitalism Learned to Control Dissent by Alasdair Roberts explains how governments learned to unleash market forces while also avoiding protest about the market’s failures.  The US has just gone through the worst economic crisis in a generation. Why … Continue reading

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