New book summaries

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|

Logistics, Labor, and State Power

Laleh Khalili's latest book, published earlier this year, is Sinews of War and Trade. In it, she connects the themes of war making in the Middle East found in her earlier work with an examination of the contested role of capital, labor and the state in the region—via the maritime logistics industry. Breathtaking in ambition, her analysis draws on a wide range of materials to provide a long-view historical perspective on the economic and political development of the Arabian peninsula through the unequal playing field of global maritime trade.

By |2020-09-02T20:11:01-04:00Sep 2, 2020|

Capitalist Political Economy, Fascistic Tendencies, and Left Politics in India

I wrote Critical Reflections on Economy and Politics in India: A Class Theory Perspective (published by Brill in 2020) as an attempt to ‘apply’ to the Indian context, some of the general ideas about class presented in my Marxist class theory for a skeptical world (published in 2017). Many scholars argue [...]

By |2020-07-15T14:09:55-04:00Jul 15, 2020|

Monopsony Capitalism and Worker Power in the Global Garment Industry

The pandemic and its economic effects have accelerated many of the changing dynamics that I outline in 'Monopsony Capitalism: Power and Production in the Twilight of the Sweatshop Age'. Indeed, the COVID-19 crisis lays bare the consequences of years of overreach by global brands as well as the growth, consolidation and organisation of suppliers in the apparel industry.

By |2020-06-24T10:00:25-04:00Jun 24, 2020|
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