More widely, though, this emphasis crops up in the writings of others, such as Moishe Postone, William Clare Roberts, or Martha Giménez. At first blush it may seem reasonable to contend at an abstract level that capitalism is “indifferent” to the social identities of the people it exploits. But does adhering to this form of abstraction result in a flawed theory of labour and social mediation under capitalism? As Doreen Massey reminds us, is there an abstracting logic here that fails to recognise that the world is not simply the product of the requirements of capital? Adam D. Morton and I pursue these questions (and more) in our latest article in Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space through an engagement with debates in Marxist Feminist social reproduction theory.
Tuesday, 17 August 2021
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Wednesday, 7 July 2021
Something astonishing is happening in the UK. While there is a government characterised by sleaze and corruption completely lacking any sense of morality, it is football players who step forward and challenge inequality and discrimination in society. Whether it is Marcus Rashford pushing the government into ensuring that children continue to receive free school meals during holidays (Guardian, 8 November 2020) or the English national team taking the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the struggle against structural racism (Guardian, 18 June 2021), they work towards social justice. Unlike the current government, they are fully aware of their function as role models for wider society and they live up to it.
Friday, 25 June 2021
Transforming capitalism? The role of the commons and direct democracy in struggles against water privatisation in Europe.
In my new book Fighting for Water: Resisting Privatization in Europe (Zed Books/Bloomsbury, 2021), I analyse a number of struggles against water privatization in Europe since the early 1990s. In this post, I will explore to what extent these struggles point towards a potential future beyond capitalism through a focus on the commons and an emphasis on direct, participatory forms of democracy.