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Women and Household Labor in Contemporary China

A long-standing element of the Chinese revolution since the 19th century is the liberation of women, especially from patriarchy, and the related physical bondages and family/social obligations. Naturally, the communists and their allies have always focused on moving women out of the tiresome and disciplining household labor. Chairman Mao [...]

By |2022-11-02T08:44:18-04:00Nov 2, 2022|

The Brahmin Left, the Merchant Right, and the Bloc Bourgeois

In the 2020 U.S. presidential elections, higher-income households voted more for Trump whereas Biden was more supported among higher-education individuals (college graduates and postgraduates). In the French 2022 presidential elections, higher-income and education individuals voted more for the right-center candidate Macron (compared for the far-right candidate Le Pen). As [...]

By |2022-10-26T14:20:29-04:00Oct 26, 2022|

Playing to submission: IT industry and game capitalism

In the tradition of previous labor ethnographies, my forthcoming book – Playing to Submission: IT Industry and Game Capitalism – takes on an ethnographic adventure into the heart of a U.S. tech company, to observe its front stage and behind the scenes, and to uncover the logic behind a fun game-playing cooperative environment.

By |2022-10-12T06:36:27-04:00Oct 12, 2022|

Why a 19th century concept of “social murder” is very much relevant today

The social murder concept makes explicit the source of excessive morbidity and premature death experienced by the working class in today’s society. Hopefully, it can stimulate public resistance to our exploitative economic system that sickens and then kills so many today.

By |2022-09-28T06:26:27-04:00Sep 28, 2022|

Reorganizing the Core: Precarity, Organizing and the Labour Process in South African Manufacturing

Much of the analytical focus on the conditions of precarious work has been centred in the Global North. This can, in part, be explained by the novelty of the phenomenon in contrast to the Global South where paid work, to some extent, has always been precarious. In South Africa, [...]

By |2022-09-21T20:07:51-04:00Sep 21, 2022|

How Are Unions Building Power in an Anti-Labor Era?

There is neither a discernible overarching vision that unites all workers and aids in broad class solidarity nor an easy way of layering strategies so that they serve complementary ends. Whether this misalignment proves damning for labor remains to be seen.

By |2022-09-14T10:14:09-04:00Sep 14, 2022|

Corporations that fund food banks do so out of self-interest

Food banks delude the public into thinking food insecurity and hunger are being managed.  Food banks allow governing authorities off the hook. Instead of passing laws and regulations and developing policies to reduce poverty and low wages, governments contribute funding to food banks.

By |2022-09-07T12:02:17-04:00Sep 7, 2022|

Domestic workers building power in hostile Indian cities

How are the affluent classes' instruments of control and power becoming the means of resistance for the urban poor against those very affluent classes as their employers? The actions of domestic workers in India are tied to the processes of how Indian cities have developed over the last three decades. Elaborating on these actions, I do not intend to say that domestic workers disrupting GNs is a widespread phenomenon across Indian cities. Instead, I use the workers' experiences in these two Indian cities to hint at political futures which, if harnessed, can transform the social standing of some of the most marginalized workers in Indian society.

By |2022-08-31T20:59:05-04:00Aug 31, 2022|

On financialization and social reproduction

My article in Capital and Class extends Marxist feminist critiques of social reproduction to explain the ways global financialization processes affect social reproduction patterns in the era of neoliberalization (1997-present) in South Korea. I focus on the question of how financialization affects contingent workers' livability.

By |2022-08-17T11:55:18-04:00Aug 17, 2022|
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