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

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 |May 11, 2022|Categories: Blog article, Research|Comments Off on We Break it You Buy it: Uber’s Attack on City Governance

The Politics of Occupying Land

Both under apartheid and since, delivery and dispossession have gone hand in hand, the one enabling the other. The trick is not to map them onto mutually distinct historical epochs but to understand how the two concepts work together in novel ways in each period.

By |May 4, 2022|Categories: Blog article, New book|Comments Off on The Politics of Occupying Land

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 Hungarian towns.

Introduction

The debate on the “Deaths of Despair” has drawn attention to how deindustrialization acts as a major burden on workers’ health in the U.S. A decade before the onset of this American health crisis, an even more severe mortality crisis struck countries in Eastern Europe. Total excess mortality could have been around 7.3 million in 1990-1999 in Eastern Europe.

In parallel to this epidemic of excess deaths, Eastern European countries also experienced a severe industrial employment decline. This unprecedented mortality crisis and destruction of industrial capacity have widespread implications for the social fabric but have been neglected by sociologists.

In our recent study, we present a novel neoclassical sociological synthesis theorizing the deindustrialization-health association. We combine Durkheimian and Marxian concepts showing how deindustrialization creates ruptures in economic production that spill over to the field of social reproduction and gets embodied as ill health or dysfunctional health behavior.

Deindustrialization and ruptures in […]

By |Apr 21, 2022|Categories: Blog article, News & Announcements, Research|Comments Off on Deindustrialization, social disintegration, and health

From Regressive to Cooperative Nationalism

Democratic socialists frame their project nationally without reference to the trans-national context, while also framing neoliberals’ view of ‘nationalism’ as regressive. Actually, the transnational context of the prevailing mid-range form of capitalism or ‘model of development’ influences nationalist tendencies that may be regressive or progressive. Present regressive nationalist tendencies exploited by the Alt. Right have their source in the ‘neoliberal model of development’ that has generated a global market within which nation states must aggressively compete with each other in order to attract and maintain a viable share of capital. Today, the neoliberal project’s deep multi-sided crisis trajectory further feeds the Alt. Right’s regressive nationalism.

In order to distinguish itself more clearly from the neoliberal project, the democratic socialist perspective needs to identify the neoliberal causes of the Alt. Right’s regressive nationalism. Further, in order to contest the Alt. Right’s degenerate brand of nationalism, democratic socialism needs to develop an alternative vision of a trans-national regulatory framework that can facilitate progressively cooperative nationalism and self-sufficient local autonomy. Underpinned by a ‘second-generation’ neo-Marxist approach, my recent article clarifies how the neoliberal model of development’s national-trans-national framework generates regressive nationalist consequences. It then goes on to discuss a democratic socialist alternative […]

By |Mar 30, 2022|Categories: Blog article, Theory|Comments Off on From Regressive to Cooperative Nationalism
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