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Towards a Radical Critique of Eurocentrism: An Interview with Alexander Anievas and Kerem Nisancioglu

Towards a Radical Critique of Eurocentrism: An Interview with Alexander Anievas and Kerem Nisancioglu

While our empha­sis on the­se inter­na­tion­al sources of capitalism’s emer­gence may seem rather obvi­ous to some, it’s strik­ing how few the­o­ret­i­cal approach­es (Marx­ist or oth­er­wise) actu­al­ly provide a sub­stan­tive his­tor­i­cal soci­o­log­i­cal the­o­riza­tion of “the inter­na­tion­al.”

Black Liberation on Campus, 2015?

Black Liberation on Campus, 2015?

As this inquiry demon­strates, cam­pus activism has tak­en myr­i­ad forms – from peren­ni­al die-ins and walk­outs to a cam­paign for a Lev­el 1 Trau­ma Cen­ter. Still, what many share is a rejec­tion of the mythos of “Black pro­gress.” What they embrace, in turn, is that the endur­ing con­di­tion of Blacks in the Unit­ed States is one of strug­gle, neces­si­tat­ing agi­ta­tion for the re-imag­i­na­tion of equi­ty in an equal­ly endur­ing white-suprema­cist order.

Social Reproduction, Surplus Populations and the Role of Migrant Women

Social Reproduction, Surplus Populations and the Role of Migrant Women

When we con­sid­er the ques­tion of sur­plus pop­u­la­tions from the point of view of the fem­i­nist lit­er­a­ture on social repro­duc­tion, we see that migrant wom­en do not con­sti­tute a sur­plus pop­u­la­tion in Europe, but rather a “reg­u­lar army,” which is total­ly nec­es­sary to cap­i­tal­ist pro­duc­tion. While the wide­spread debate around sur­plus pop­u­la­tions right­ly high­lights unem­ploy­ment as a cause of migra­tion, it runs the ana­lyt­i­cal and polit­i­cal risk of obscur­ing the fact that most migrant wom­en do not take the jobs of oth­ers, and are waged rather than “super­flu­ous” in their coun­tries of arrival since much of the social­ly repro­duc­tive activ­i­ty in the Glob­al North has become com­mod­i­fied.

Mapping the Terrain of Struggle: Autonomous Movements in 1970s Italy

Mapping the Terrain of Struggle: Autonomous Movements in 1970s Italy

In some ways, our renewed focus on social repro­duc­tion shares inter­est­ing par­al­lels with the “Ital­ian Rev­o­lu­tion” of 1968-1980, the most rad­i­cal upheaval in post­war West­ern Europe. For while orig­i­nal­ly firm­ly anchored to the strug­gles of the fac­to­ry pro­le­tari­at, many move­ments began to wage a mul­ti­tude of strug­gles beyond the point of pro­duc­tion, devel­op­ing class pow­er on what was called the ter­rain of social repro­duc­tion.

Leaving Home: Slavery and the Politics of Reproduction

Leaving Home: Slavery and the Politics of Reproduction

In fact, from one point of view, we can­not unrav­el one female’s nar­ra­tive from the other’s, can­not deci­pher one with­out trip­ping over the oth­er - Hort­ense Spiller­s1 We had dri­ven straight through from Bris­bane to Syd­ney, a nine-hour dri­ve with your foot flat to the floor. We were on our way to a rad­i­cal stu­dent con­fer­ence, it was the very… Read more → 

Bringing the Vanguard Home: Revisiting the Black Panther Party's Sites of Class Struggle

Bringing the Vanguard Home: Revisiting the Black Panther Party’s Sites of Class Struggle

By the sum­mer of 1968, less than two years after its incep­tion, Oak­land, California’s Black Pan­ther Par­ty was run­ning out of space. Signs of the Black Pow­er organization’s rapid growth were espe­cial­ly evi­dent at its Grove Street office, which by this time, was “bust­ing out at the seams,” with “piles of newslet­ters, leaflets, but­tons, [and] flags” over­flow­ing into mem­bers’ homes.1… Read more → 

The Productive Subject

The Productive Subject

What could have inter­est­ed Fou­cault in the pas­sages from Cap­i­tal, to the degree that he presents them as sources for a pos­i­tive study of pow­er, root­ed in the devel­op­ment of the econ­o­my and its “forces?” We would like to clar­i­fy this point by return­ing to Marx’s text, which Foucault’s sug­ges­tion prompts us to read in a man­ner that might be called “symp­to­matic,” since it is not at all obvi­ous, at first glance, how one might derive the prin­ci­ples for an analy­sis of “pow­er” which is at best implic­it in Cap­i­tal, hov­er­ing in the back­ground.

Surplus Population, Social Reproduction, and the Problem of Class Formation

Surplus Population, Social Reproduction, and the Problem of Class Formation

Today, few uphold the old belief that wage labor will grad­u­al­ly expand to cov­er the major­i­ty of the worlds’ pop­u­la­tion. Once, this was the con­di­tion of the his­tor­i­cal belief that cap­i­tal­ism would cre­ate the con­di­tions under which wage labor could be orga­nized as a glob­al pow­er to match cap­i­tal. Instead anoth­er tele­ol­o­gy has appeared, claim­ing that cap­i­tal­ist devel­op­ment entails work­ing class dis­or­ga­ni­za­tion. Rather than a nar­ra­tive of pro­gress, this is a nar­ra­tive of decline, of pre­car­i­ty, infor­mal­iza­tion, and immis­er­a­tion.