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

A market led future for education? EdTech, capital, and schooling

The expansion of EdTech is built upon a longer-standing process of creating markets for schooling. Here a combination of markets and EdTech has served to standardize education, disrupt the connections between schools and local communities, deskill labour, and disadvantage marginalized groups.

By |May 25, 2022|Categories: Blog article, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on A market led future for education? EdTech, capital, and schooling

Expanding workplace precarity through the prism of the pandemic

While today many of the limited emergency regulations that were in place in April 2020 have been lifted (companies have ended hazard pay, the government has terminated the obligation to pay workers while they are out sick or quarantined, and some states have lifted safety policies like mandatory masks), workers are still getting sick, and in many cases still struggling with long term health and financial impacts of the pandemic, as well face ongoing precarity in their jobs.

By |May 18, 2022|Categories: Blog article, Research|Comments Off on Expanding workplace precarity through the prism of the pandemic

We Break it You Buy it: Uber’s Attack on City Governance

The success of the labor-antipoverty coalition during the last several decades pushed the right to the city and prompted a strong backlash from capital in the form of the gig economy. The gig economy utilizes technological innovation as a legal justification to eliminate employment protections and to prevent municipal self-determination. While Uber was rather successful in bullying and preempting its way into U.S. cities the externalities of this business model remain and groups like the Alliance show labor and cities can fight back.

By |May 11, 2022|Categories: Blog article, Research|Comments Off on We Break it You Buy it: Uber’s Attack on City Governance

The Politics of Occupying Land

Both under apartheid and since, delivery and dispossession have gone hand in hand, the one enabling the other. The trick is not to map them onto mutually distinct historical epochs but to understand how the two concepts work together in novel ways in each period.

By |May 4, 2022|Categories: Blog article, New book|Comments Off on The Politics of Occupying Land

Deindustrialization, social disintegration, and health

Around seven million Eastern Europeans died prematurely as former socialist economies transitioned to capitalism. To better understand this health crisis, we combine insights from Marx and Durkheim and present a novel theory on deindustrialization, social disintegration, and health. We substantiate this framework by analyzing 82 interviews with workers in deindustrialized Hungarian towns.

Introduction

The debate on the “Deaths of Despair” has drawn attention to how deindustrialization acts as a major burden on workers’ health in the U.S. A decade before the onset of this American health crisis, an even more severe mortality crisis struck countries in Eastern Europe. Total excess mortality could have been around 7.3 million in 1990-1999 in Eastern Europe.

In parallel to this epidemic of excess deaths, Eastern European countries also experienced a severe industrial employment decline. This unprecedented mortality crisis and destruction of industrial capacity have widespread implications for the social fabric but have been neglected by sociologists.

In our recent study, we present a novel neoclassical sociological synthesis theorizing the deindustrialization-health association. We combine Durkheimian and Marxian concepts showing how deindustrialization creates ruptures in economic production that spill over to the field of social reproduction and gets embodied as ill health or dysfunctional health behavior.

Deindustrialization and ruptures in […]

By |Apr 21, 2022|Categories: Blog article, News & Announcements, Research|Comments Off on Deindustrialization, social disintegration, and health
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