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MSB Podcast Episode 2! Michael Levien & Smriti Upadhyay on Protest and Land Dispossession in India

Most studies of resistance to land dispossession have been case studies of positive instances of resistance, leaving aside instances of negative instances of acquiescence, and not looking comparatively across cases for broader patterns  That’s what makes a recent paper by Michael Levien and Smriti Upadhyay of Johns Hopkins University so exciting. It’s entitled “Toward a Political Sociology of Dispossession: Explaining Opposition to Capital Projects in India,” and it appears in the latest issue of the journal Politics & Society. Using systematic data on more than 23,000 major capital projects across India between 2007 and 2015, Levien and Upadhyay identify key factors that determine whether a project is likely to generate resistance or not. Some of their results may surprise you.

By |Jun 23, 2021|Categories: Blog article, Podcast, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on MSB Podcast Episode 2! Michael Levien & Smriti Upadhyay on Protest and Land Dispossession in India

The Organic Intellectuals in China

China has grown significantly in terms of economics and influence in international politics, igniting new debates about whether it has become hegemonic in the global economy. A Gramscian approach adds to our knowledge of China’s economic reform, the current socio-political development, and counter-hegemonic resistance.

By |Jun 9, 2021|Categories: Blog article, Research|Comments Off on The Organic Intellectuals in China

Our First Podcast! COVID-19, Racism, and Demography with Elizabeth Wrigley-Field

I found that to get the same age-adjusted death rates of the black population in 2014, the white population in 2020 would have had to have at least around 400,000 excess deaths in the COVID pandemic. And in order for white life expectancy to plummet down to the best-ever level of black life expectancy would take between 700,000 and one million excess white deaths in 2020.

By |May 12, 2021|Categories: Blog article, Podcast, Research|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Our First Podcast! COVID-19, Racism, and Demography with Elizabeth Wrigley-Field

The Tech-VC Bloc is Key to Understanding Why Work is Getting Worse

Digital transformation is based on a promise. Sometimes this promise is the “end of work,” a world where technology displaces human toil. In more modest moments, digital transformation promises widespread prosperity, where investing in technological innovation delivers economic growth for all.

These are attractive possibilities. Who wants to keep going to their bullshit job? And, if you have to keep going to work, at least you could get paid more. But after decades of investment in digital technology, it seems clear that this model for economic growth leads to the exact opposite of what it promised. Those of us who have work are working more, and we’re all earning less. Well, most of us.

While wages have stagnated across the Global North, investors’ wealth has soared. Digital transformation has played a central role in redistributing from labor to capital because it’s one of the most powerful justifications for financial deregulation. When we take a closer look at the history of digital transformation, this is hardly a surprise.

The promise of digital transformation is anchored in a discourse that the tech sector invented along with venture capital (VC) when they came together to lobby for reducing capital gains taxes […]

By |Apr 21, 2021|Categories: Blog article, Research|Comments Off on The Tech-VC Bloc is Key to Understanding Why Work is Getting Worse
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