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Turn left: Revitalising Marxist scholarship in South Asia

Over the academic year 2020-21, with the world in a state of limbo owing to the COVID-19 crisis, a group of Marxist scholars and activists at the University of Toronto came together to set up a reading group. The initiative may not seem like an unusual or a remarkable [...]

By |2024-02-02T15:22:34-05:00Feb 2, 2024|

So, Global or International Development: Why Not Both?
Marx in the Field, Planetary Immanent Development, and Centering Political Economy in Development Studies

Marx in the Field editor Alessandra Mezzadri writes about the collection’s emphasis on the global reach and potential of Marxian global political economy, reclaiming its relevance for the study of Development.

By |2023-10-02T12:00:12-04:00Oct 2, 2023|

Amazon Shows Us the Many Faces of Worker Alienation and Resistance Today

Once again we find ourselves in moments of economic crisis. As we battle through inflation and rounds of devaluation, thousands of workers around the world have lost their livelihoods. Yet amidst this all, we have seen workers across the globe go on strike and protest. A manifestation of these [...]

By |2023-04-05T07:22:47-04:00Apr 5, 2023|

Autogestión: Origins and activism from Algerian revolution to Mexico City punk

The history of autogestión demonstrates how academic discourses and pieces of political ideologies circulate and are rearticulated with incredible and unpredictable momentum around the world. Scholarship (even excellent, well-meaning, and even politically committed scholarship) reorganizes this coeval churning of continual mutual influence to obscure some connections and exaggerate others. Prestige scholarship systematically ignores and erases how activism, popular culture, and scholarship from the Global South influence and are appropriated by European and North American scholars. Autogestión, a term I argue was coined by North African revolutionaries, becomes displaced and expropriated to Yugoslavia. In other words, scholarship is very often a process of accumulation by dispossession.

By |2023-02-08T08:33:34-05:00Feb 8, 2023|

Marketization and class discipline in European political economy

In our new book, we theorise the political economy of marketization in Europe, based on hundreds of interviews with policymakers, businesses, trade unionists, administrators, and more, from various countries and industries. Our central argument is that attempts to extend and intensify principles of market competition in 21st century Europe have tended to shift the balance of power in workplaces away from labour and towards capital, while also shielding market governance from democratic oversight.

By , |2022-12-14T15:55:25-05:00Dec 14, 2022|

Kanye, Record Contracts and Copyright Enclosure

On Sept 16, 2020, Kanye West opened up a conversation about the exploitive nature of record contracts. While Kanye is an imperfect messenger, he is the latest in a long line of recording artists who demonstrate the harmful effects of these contracts. My favorite example is the metaphor of recording [...]

By |2020-12-04T13:31:05-05:00Dec 4, 2020|
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