Marxist Sociology Blog: Theory, research, politics2018-10-24T10:00:29-04:00

The Dispossession-Versus-Exploitation Dilemma for Informal Workers

Over the past 40 years, however, a formidable body of literature has challenged the prevailing assumptions about informal workers, asserting that their vulnerability stems not from their lack of integration into the mainstream economy, but rather from their subordinated positions within it.

By |Sep 15, 2021|Categories: Blog article, Commentary, Research, Theory|Comments Off on The Dispossession-Versus-Exploitation Dilemma for Informal Workers

Law, code and exploitation

We are facing something extraordinarily challenging: the rise of a capitalist form of algorithmic regulation. Algorithms - one of the key elements of the digital capitalist system of production - are at the same time the means of production and the legal code enabling worker’s exploitation.

By |Sep 8, 2021|Categories: Blog article, Research|Comments Off on Law, code and exploitation

Outcomes of the US “War on Terror”: The Afghanistan-Somalia Comparison

There is some analytical merit in comparing Somalia to Afghanistan, insofar as we are trying to locate the common—often US originated—drivers of instability in these regions. However, let’s not begin (or continue) treating Afghanistan the way we’ve been treating Somalia in terms of US politics and policy. Instead, let’s forge a Left-universalist strategy, based on solidarity, mutual aid, and assistance for all those ravaged by capitalist-empire.

By |Sep 1, 2021|Categories: Blog article, Commentary|Comments Off on Outcomes of the US “War on Terror”: The Afghanistan-Somalia Comparison

Stanley Aronowitz Knew That Freedom Begins Where Work Ends

Stanley Aronowitz died this week at eighty-eight. He hated work, loved life, and brought his overflowing, exuberant approach to social problems to picket lines, classrooms, and vacation. A fighting left needs more people like him.

By |Aug 18, 2021|Categories: Blog article, Commentary|Comments Off on Stanley Aronowitz Knew That Freedom Begins Where Work Ends

The case of the vanishing boss

The tipped wage issue doesn’t cohere neatly to a case of workers versus unscrupulous employers. Workers themselves have campaigned and argued to keep the subminimum wage in op-eds and public hearings. What explains the strange circumstance of workers rejecting a higher wage?

By |Aug 11, 2021|Categories: Blog article, Research|Comments Off on The case of the vanishing boss
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