The Marxist Section and Labor & Labor Movements Section are holding a joint reception. Both sections will announce their award winners there. In addition, we are co-sponsoring a film and panel to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike, Dr. Martin Luther King’s last struggle.
The Marxist Section hosts three sessions and a Business Meeting at the 2018 ASA meeting in Philadelphia. The sessions include "Open Topic on Marxist Sociology," "Capitalism and Its Crises: Economic, Political, Ecological," and Roundtables.
In 2018 the Marxist Section elected a new Chair, two new Council members, and gave awards to six of its members for outstanding work.
This article examines the US political process and the duopoly party system within a vast array of state strategies and elite manipulation. It contends that analyses of the political process as a real engine of change and that significant differences within the two-party system are flawed because they do not account that they serve as mechanisms for how power and dominance in maintained and reproduced.
Central to this argument is the idea that segments of the population, including some of the most exploited and oppressed, derive material and ideological benefit from the misery associated with the inequalities that are rooted in the current established social order. It is this complexity that demands an explanation that can move beyond simple dichotomies (e.g., elite vs. non-elite) to a greater understanding to how individuals collaborate with a system that is rooted in inequality. This article examines one of the ways that the U.S. state facilitates the incorporation of millions of individuals into the rank-and-file of policing, correctional, national security, and military organizations. Coercive occupations are deeply embedded in U.S. society and contribute to a way of life for millions as premier job suppliers. Yet, allegiance cannot be reduced to economic motives and interests, because loyalty is also culturally contrived.
Paul Sweezy Marxist Sociology Book Award The Sweezy Book Award [...]