Marxist Sociology Blog: Theory, research, politics2018-10-24T10:00:29-04:00

Is China Socialist or Capitalist? How Marxism Breaks the Binary

In China, contrary to the usual sequence, the socialist revolution preceded, rather than followed, the democratic breakthrough. For China to progress beyond its current early socialist stage, massive political change will be needed, and this poses serious challenges for the Chinese Communist Party. This way of looking at China does not coincide with CCP official doctrines, of a “harmonious society,” “market socialism with Chinese characteristics,” and the “Chinese dream.” But it also rejects the very common facile Western notion that China’s society is “capitalist,” or has been since the death of Mao and the reform and opening-up policies were promulgated. Socialist ideology has sunk deep roots in the country’s political consciousness, and this is a real force – just as the classical philosophies of earlier Chinese social formations were a force exceeding their material foundations.

By |Apr 23, 2020|Categories: Blog article, Theory|Comments Off on Is China Socialist or Capitalist? How Marxism Breaks the Binary

Erich Fromm’s Marxist Sociology Forty Years Later

Looking back on Fromm’s legacy today, at a point where sociologists and Marxists are increasingly returning to his work, it is clear that what Fromm left us is a nuanced form of Marxian sociology that can help account for the relations between economic life, political movements, and inner emotional dynamism that underpin many of the changes that we are witness to in the current world situation. In a situation that is rapidly moving into dangerous territory, in what promises to be a recession as deep as 1929, we could do worse today than to look to Fromm for assistance.

By |Apr 8, 2020|Categories: Blog article, Commentary, New book, Research, Review|Comments Off on Erich Fromm’s Marxist Sociology Forty Years Later

Filmmaking and the Crises of the Islamic Republic

Iran’s movie industry has gone through a series of transformations that is jeopardizing its global art-house status. These transformations can inform us about what sort of domestic crisis Iran is facing today.

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Thinking Politically About Capital Controls

By downplaying the important distinction between the types of capital controls available, debates about capital controls run the risk of being depoliticized and domesticated by state managers and powerful capitalist interests.

By |Mar 25, 2020|Categories: Blog article, Research|Comments Off on Thinking Politically About Capital Controls