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Manfred Steger on the impact of globalization on the ideological landscape of the twenty-first century.

 

 

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Wed 2.03.16 | In Capitalism's Ruins

Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins Princeton University Press, 2015

 

 

 

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How should we think about nature and our own lives in the ruins created by capitalism? Anthropologist Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing reflects on how the matsutake mushroom -- which thrives in forests degraded by commercial logging -- helps us understand the precarity of life under capitalism and the possibilities for life beyond it.

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Tues 2.02.16 | Secularism's False Promise?

Saba Mahmood, Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report Princeton University Press, 2015

Saba Mahmood, Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject Princeton University Press, 2011 (2d ed.)

 

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If the problem is religious polarization and inequality, isn't the solution secular governance? Secularism, after all, promises the equality of citizens regardless of religious affiliation. Saba Mahmood argues that modern secular governance, contrary to its grand claims, has in fact exacerbated religious inequalities. It has also, she says, constrained our political imagination to a significant degree.

Mon 2.01.16 | Remembering Ellen Meiksins Wood

A Selection of the Works of Ellen Meiksins Wood

Ellen Meiksins Wood, "The Separation of the Economic and the Political in Capitalism" New Left Review, 1981

Ellen Meiksins Wood, Democracy Against Capitalism: Renewing Historical Materialism Verso, 2016

The Ellen Meiksins Wood Reader Haymarket, 2013

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Ellen Meiksins Wood upended the ways that Marxist thinkers look at class society and democracy, past and present. Her work shed new light on political theory, the origins of capitalism, and the politics of the left, among many other key themes. David McNally reflects on the pioneering political theorist and historian, who died two and a half weeks ago. And we rebroadcast excerpts of an interview with Meikins Wood about imperialism and capitalism.

Wed 1.27.16 | Migrant Day Labor in Neoliberal Times

Paul Apostolidis, Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach America About Democracy University of Minnesota Press, 2010

 

 

 

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What happens when poor immigrants seek work on urban street corners? What interpersonal and structural forces affect their vulnerability to harm? Paul Apostolidis considers the plight of migrant day laborers in the U.S. in light of their own words, of the dynamics of state violence directed at Palestinians, and of the nature of precarious bodily existence under neoliberalism.

Tues 1.26.16 | Political Fear

Corey Robin, Fear: The History of a Political Idea Oxford University Press, 2004

 

 

 

 

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Fear dominates our society. Fear of crime, fear of the poor, fear of foreign terrorists, to which we might add fear of our government and fear of our bosses. For some liberal thinkers, fear serves a purpose. It's supposed to pull us all together so we can find some kind of social solidarity in an atomized, alienated world. Corey Robin discusses the problems with that notion and talks about the places where fear truly lurks in our society. (Encore presentation.)

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