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.
Most people’s experience of capitalism is mediated in and through work. However, we rarely question precisely what work is, what is valued as work, and who gets to decide how work is organised. In Class Two of ‘What is Capitalism?’, we look at the question of work and explore how politically contested these seemingly normal and mundane issues are. We will also see how our answers to the question ‘what is work’ has radical implications for how we understand capitalism.
Mariah Mies, Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale, pp. 31-49
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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).