Research finding summaries

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 |2022-05-25T07:57:10-04:00May 25, 2022|

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 |2022-05-18T08:21:43-04:00May 18, 2022|

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 |2022-05-11T06:35:13-04:00May 11, 2022|

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 [...]

By |2022-04-21T15:55:45-04:00Apr 21, 2022|

How does actual inequality affect people’s perception of inequality?

We confirm that individuals from various classes do indeed respond differently to shifting levels of inequality. Specifically, the working classes become less critical of inequality as it increases while the opposite is true for the upper classes. This creates a counterbalancing effect that obscures the aggregate relationship between actual and rising inequality and people’s perceptions of it.

By |2022-03-16T09:27:20-04:00Mar 16, 2022|

Rethinking the Capitalist Production of Surplus

The successive and overlapping economic, political, public health, geopolitical and environmental crises in the early part of this century highlight the continuing relevance of Marxism’s focus on capitalism’s contradictions.  However, capitalism’s resilience in the face of these contradictions is in part due to the system’s ability to prevent the working-class [...]

By |2022-03-02T06:37:27-05:00Mar 2, 2022|

Labour Process and Control in Natural Resource Industries: A Class-Relational Approach

The Soma Mine Disaster directly reflected the coal rush of the AKP governments and extractive capital. On May 13th 2014, 301 miners died at an underground coal mine operated by the Soma Coal Company.

By |2022-02-09T11:01:05-05:00Feb 9, 2022|

Indebted by Dispossession

Although Marxists have long noted the fact that debt has a tendency to generate land loss, I “reverse” the chain of causality by focusing on how dispossession leads to a sharp rise in household debt. I show how rising indebtedness is segmented along caste lines, with usurious moneylenders hailing almost entirely from the feudal-era revenue collecting caste (Reddies) and debtors being largely from the former “untouchable” castes. Land loss and the lack of opportunity in the neoliberal economy thus pushes the lower strata into a debt trap.

By |2022-02-02T06:47:26-05:00Feb 2, 2022|
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