What is capitalism? Does capitalism change in different historical and geographical contexts? Do we experience capitalism in the same ways? How do our criticisms of capitalism shape our political perspectives? These study sessions will explore such questions by introducing participants to critical theories and histories of capitalism.
Stories of capitalism often centre on market exchanges, whether characterised as unequal or fair, exploitative or free. But what role does violence, theft and plunder play in the making and reproduction of capitalist relations? In Class Three of ‘What is Capitalism?’ we explore histories and theories of dispossession as a defining characteristic of capitalism.
Glen Sean Coulthard, Red Skin White Masks, pp. 6-15
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Kerem Nisancioglu is a Lecturer in International Relations at SOAS, University of London. He is the co-author of How the West Came to Rule (Pluto, 2015), and the co-editor of Decolonising the University (Pluto, 2018).