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Top Ten Posts of 2022

Happy New Year! It is time to share the 10 most read posts on the Marxist Sociology Blog published in 2022. If you missed these posts the first time around, now would be a great time to give them a quick read. Thank you to all of the contributors who have helped make MSB a vibrant source of Marxist commentary and analysis. We are excited to continue showcasing the important work of section members and broadening the pool of MSB contributors, so please get in touch with a member of the editorial team if you are interested in contributing to MSB!

Top ten most read posts of 2022:

1. Jason C. Mueller / The world-historical significance of Paul Robeson

2. Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiani / Racializing explanations of gentrification

3. Dan Cohen / A market led future for education? EdTech, capital, and schooling

4. Stella Medvedyuk / Why a 19th century concept of ‘social murder’ is very much relevant today

5. Edward Haddon and Cary Wu / How does actual inequality affect people’s perception of inequality?

6. Prentiss Dantzler / Does urban development have a race?

7. Gábor Scheiring and Lawrence King / Deindustrialization, social distintegration, and health

8. Costas Panayotakis / Rethinking […]

By |Jan 3, 2023|Categories: Blog article, Research|Comments Off on Top Ten Posts of 2022

The Enchanted Labor Process

Labor scholars and organizers need to consider workplace aesthetics including the design of technology to better understand the micro-mechanisms that facilitate capital’s domination of labor, eliciting effort at work and affective attachment to capitalism and other exploitative institutions.

By |Dec 21, 2022|Categories: Blog article, Research|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The Enchanted Labor Process

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 |Dec 14, 2022|Categories: Blog article, New book|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Marketization and class discipline in European political economy

Can Union Caucuses Change the World?

In March 2020, New York City became the U.S. epicenter of the emerging Covid-19 crisis. Yet neither city leaders, nor school district officials, nor teacher union leadership provided a meaningful response to a mounting public health crisis. Instead, the city’s fledgling social justice teachers’ union caucus, MORE, rose to the call. At the beginning of the pandemic, the caucus was in, arguably, its historically weakest position in years. By the end, it was stronger than ever before.  How did the caucus turn a crisis into an opportunity?

By clarifying crises as “turning points” rather than the external challenges themselves, we hope to contribute to a sociological reframing of the concept. Crises force political groups to contend over competing visions of the social world and possible paths forward. In this way, a crisis causes a clash of myths about the ruling order, as much as a breakdown of the ruling order. Crises force politicized groups to contest different visions. This understanding of crisis emphasizes actors’ agentic responses in the face of external challenges and, especially, the organizational forms, such as unions and parties, that can cohere and channel those responses and subsequent collective action.

MORE as Moral […]

By |Dec 7, 2022|Categories: Blog article, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Can Union Caucuses Change the World?

Can Fixed Duration Strikes Work?

On September 12th, 2022, approximately 15,000 nurses went on strike across Minnesota and Wisconsin in one of the largest private sector work stoppages by nurses in U.S. history. Workers demanded increased staffing and higher wages to retain nurses after working for over two years through a deadly pandemic. In compliance with U.S. labor law, healthcare workers need to provide a ten-day notice of a work stoppage. Rather than remain on strike indefinitely until reaching a contract settlement, the nurses and their union, the Minnesota Nurses Association, planned a ‘fixed duration’ strike that lasted three days. These work stoppages involve workers predetermining strike duration – generally five days or less – ahead of time, returning to work unconditionally at the conclusion of the strike. According to data from the ILR Labor Action Tracker – a research project led by myself to comprehensively document strike activity across the United States – 15 out of 22 work stoppages by registered nurses in 2021 were of a fixed duration, suggesting that this type of strike has become an important tactic during contract campaigns.

After decades of debate on the best practices to revitalize the labor movement in the […]

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