Research finding summaries

Japan’s work style reform and the paradox of its promotion of side jobs

The government emphasizes fukugyō as a means of free choice and achieving good work-family balance. However, the reality of fukugyō is often far from the ideal picture painted by the government. Fukugyō workers typically experience low wages, employment insecurity, a lack of social protection, and limited opportunities for upward career mobility.

By |2023-09-07T11:52:54-04:00Aug 9, 2023|

From the Führer to the Sex Toy: Ridiculing AI at Work

The practice of ridicule proved crucial to creating a culture of resistant solidarity among the workers. In the presence of this solidarity, workers dared to engage in more practical acts of resistance. These included manipulating the algorithms, or using gaps of control for illegal breaks. In some cases, workers even engaged in outright sabotage.

By |2023-09-07T11:56:25-04:00Jul 26, 2023|

Du Bois’s Black Ecological Marxism

For Du Bois, capitalism and racism do not only impose on the souls but also the soils of Black folk. In a century defined by the intersecting crises of capitalism, racist oppression, and global ecological degradation, Du Bois’s theories that detail their relation and offer a program to reimagine society as an abolition democracy, serve as a prescient guide.

By |2023-07-19T11:54:01-04:00Jul 19, 2023|

From union networks to Lula Livre: contemporary US-Brazil transnational labor strategies

That striking image of US-Brazil labor solidarity is only one snapshot of a transnational union partnership which has proved to be long-lasting and institutional, yet adaptable.  New political, social and legal convergences have brought the labor movements of these two countries closer together over the past decade, as both are now contending with challenges to their representativeness and social legitimacy in times of extreme political polarization and growing labor precarity.

By |2023-06-21T08:28:48-04:00Jun 21, 2023|

Are services post-capitalist?

Are nurses, teachers and analysts the wave of the future? Are their jobs, and others like them, less suitable to capitalism’s extract-and-monetize model and do they possibly prefigure post-capitalist regimes? Questions like these have transfixed macro social scientists since the mid-twentieth century. Every twenty years or so theorists hem [...]

By |2023-05-17T07:54:21-04:00May 17, 2023|

The communitarian revolutionary subject in the struggle for alternative social-ecological metabolic configurations

As capital’s social-ecological metabolic configuration moved closer to globality, particularly in the aftermath of the Great Acceleration in the mid-twentieth century, so too have its ecological rifts. These rifts, together with the social crises of the capitalist system, confront humanity in the twenty first century with the imminent threat of potentially unprecedented social-ecological devastation, and possibly even human extinction. Under these circumstances of intensifying crises, the need for a hegemonic alternative to capital’s social metabolic order has become correspondingly urgent.

By , |2023-05-10T11:22:41-04:00May 10, 2023|

Can poetry help overthrow capitalism?

Using the arts and humanities to suggest how society – including the economic system of capitalism -- could be transformed to promote health is even less common. German playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht’s works can be excellent resources in efforts to accomplish this goal.

By , , |2023-08-07T22:03:24-04:00May 3, 2023|

Dying to work: Hawai’i hotel workers organize in the face of autoimmune capitalism

Our research, done in consultation with the hotel workers’ union, reveals on the one hand, a morbid correlation between the reopening of tourism and deaths across the state, and on the other, the life-affirming ethic of collective care, with unionized workers persistently pushing for safe hotels, recall rights, better pay, and the well-being of all hospitality workers, their communities, as well as tourists. 

By , |2023-04-26T08:59:25-04:00Apr 26, 2023|

Turning farmland into real estates: Expulsionary development and the appropriation of space in Pakistan

What is especially interesting about the case of expulsionary urbanization in Pakistan is that it illustrates qualitatively distinct contemporaneous processes of dispossession and displacement. That is, processes of displacement and proletarianization have been largely decoupled. Capital is now primarily interested in appropriating spaces (land and nature) occupied by working people rather than securing their labor-power.

By |2023-03-29T06:42:00-04:00Mar 29, 2023|

Public health rediscovers the health threatening character of capitalism

Specific analysis of how capitalism shapes the quality of living and working conditions – now termed the social determinants of health -- is now accumulating in the English-language public health literature. This is coming about because of the polycrises in employment security and wages, food insecurity and hunger, health and health care, housing, income and wealth inequality and environmental protection as a result of the acceptance of neo-liberal governance in many capitalist nations. The inability of even social democratic political parties to respond to these crises had led to increasing numbers of public health researchers endorsing Marx and Engels’s call for a rupture from capitalism towards a post-capitalist socialist society.

By , |2023-03-21T21:39:18-04:00Mar 22, 2023|
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