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THE GLOBALISATION OF SURVEILLANCE

The Origin of the Securitarian Order
Armand Mattelart
Translated by Susan Gruenheck Taponier and James A. Cohen

Globalization

Video surveillance, public records, fingerprints, hidden microphones, radio frequency chips: in contemporary societies the use of intrusive techniques of surveillance in daily life has increased dramatically. The ‘war against terror’ has only exacerbated this trend, creating a world that is closer than one might imagine to the one envisaged by George Orwell in 1984.

How did we reach this point? Why have democratic societies allowed their rights and freedoms to be taken away, little by little, through increasingly sophisticated surveillance mechanisms?

From the anthropometry of the nineteenth century to the Patriot Act, via an analysis of military theory and the Echelon project, Armand Mattelart constructs a genealogy of this new power of control and examines its globalizing dynamic.

This book provides an essential wake-up call at a time when democratic societies are becoming less and less vigilant against the dangers of proliferating systems of surveillance.

A tightly packed and critical history of the global rise of security, surveillance and suspicion.’— David Lyon, Queens University

This book cuts through the clutter of post-9/11 political rhetoric to reveal the contours of a global capitalist surveillance economy in which the logics of policing and marketing converge. Mattelart counters the urgent injunction to ignore history in the face of the contemporary threat (because “everything has changed”) by exploring the long marriage between capitalism and surveillance. The book shows us how the mobilization of the promise of security has been used to undermine freedom, and suggests what it might mean to think the two together. This is an indispensable work that explores the sometimes invisible atmosphere in which we move: that of ubiquitous surveillance, tracking, and targeting – and the interests which these serve.’— Mark Andrejevic, University of Iowa

Printed in Great Britain, August 2010

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The Island

THE POLITICS OF COMBINED AND UNEVEN DEVELOPMENT – MICHAEL LÖWY

New from Haymarket Books

The Politics of Combined and Uneven Development: The Theory of Permanent Revolution

By Michael Löwy

Löwy’s book is the first attempt to analyze, in a systematic way, how the theories of uneven and combined development, and of the permanent revolution— inseparably linked—emerged in the writings of thinkers such as Karl Marx and Leon Trotsky. Such radical reflections permit us to understand modern economic development across continents as a process of ferocious change, in which “advanced” and “backward” elements fuse, come into tension, and collide—and how the resulting ruptures make it possible for the oppressed and exploited to change the world.

Michael Löwy is research director in sociology at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris. He is the author of many books, including The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx, Romanticism Against the Tide of Modernity, and Marxism and Liberation Theology.

Trade paper | 240 pages | $17
Available from Haymarketbooks.org

With questions or for a review copy, contact Jim Plank (jim@haymarketbooks.org)

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Utopia

APORDE: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2011

Call for Applications

APORDE
African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics

5 – 19 May 2011
Johannesburg, South Africa

Supported by
the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa (the dti), the French Development Agency (AFD), and the French Embassy in South Africa, with the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS)

We are pleased to announce that the fifth edition of the African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE) will be held in Johannesburg (South Africa) from the 5th to the 19th of May 2011.

APORDE is a high-level training programme in development economics which aims to build capacity in economics and economic policy-making. The course will run for two weeks and consist of lectures and seminars taught by leading international and African economists. This call is directed at talented African, Asian and Latin American economists, policy makers and civil society activists who, if selected, will be fully funded.

We encourage everyone with an interest in development to read and distribute this call for applications. Please note that we receive many high quality applications and that, as a result, entry into APORDE will be very competitive (only 30 applicants will be selected).

APORDE is a joint initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), the French Development Agency (AFD) and the French Embassy in South Africa. Alice Amsden (MIT), Thandika Mkandawire (LSE), Michel Aglietta (Institut Universitaire de France), Ha-Joon Chang (University of Cambridge) and Ben Fine (SOAS) are among the lecturers who have taught on the programme. Nicolas Pons-Vignon (CSID, Wits University) is the APORDE Course director.

For more information, visit http://www.aporde.org.za

APORDE is being conducted in a climate when there is much greater contestation of ideas around the possible options for economic development and industrialisation than in many decades. An initiative like APORDE can make a very important contribution in offering us new insights and reflections on the critical questions of building a developmental state and mounting a serious industrial policy.

Dr. Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, Republic of South Africa

Background
Africa is probably the continent most affected by the poor availability of cutting-edge research and teaching in economics. While only a few African countries have experienced sustained economic development in the past 50 years, African governments and civil societies are weakly equipped to respond critically to external initiatives aimed at their development and to generate endogenous strategies. The tide is, however, gradually turning: in South Africa and in other African countries, the need for “more” (rather than merely “better”, which has often proved to mean “less”) state intervention in economic affairs is increasingly recognised.

Crucially, economic take-off appears bound to remain a pipedream unless it is premised on developmental policy; while South Africa’s DTI is leading the way with its industrial policy, few African decision makers feel equipped to design and implement such policies, a gap which APORDE aims to help filling.

APORDE
APORDE will allow talented academics, policy makers and civil society representatives from Africa, Asia and Latin America to gain access to alternatives to mainstream thinking on development issues and to be equipped in a way that will foster original thinking. Participants will receive intensive high-level training and interact with some of the best development economists in the world and with other participants.

APORDE will cover essential topics in development economics, including industrial policy, inequality, poverty, financial crises and social policy. Lectures will equip participants with key information pertaining to both mainstream and critical approaches. Day lectures will last for three and a half hours, while a number of shorter lectures will also be organised. The programme of the seminar will be communicated at the beginning of 2011 and posted on the APORDE website. For information, the programmes of the first four seminars are available on http://www.aporde.org.za

All costs – travel, accommodation, conference fee and per diem – will be covered for selected applicants.

The seminar will be held in Johannesburg from the 5th to the 19th of May 2011.

The venue will be confirmed at a later stage.

Applications
Applicants must demonstrate first-class intellectual capacity and (at least some) prior knowledge in economics, as well as proficiency in English. However, the objective of APORDE is to draw participants from a broad range of backgrounds; persons who have demonstrated exceptional capacity in their professional lives are invited to apply.

The main body of participants will be drawn from Africa, but we welcome applications from Asians and Latin Americans who have research or work experience related to Africa.

Prospective applicants should send:

* A completed application form (available on http://www.aporde.org.za);
* An official transcript (showing courses taken and grades obtained);
* 2 reference letters, where possible 1 academic and 1 professional, which should be sent directly to aporde@ifas.org.za <mailto:aporde@ifas.org.za> or faxed to +27 11 836 5850;
* Proof of English proficiency for applicants whose main medium of instruction or work is not English. Results of standard English proficiency tests (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS) will be preferable, but other proof may also be accepted (e.g. a sample of written work in English).

Applications, accompanied by a covering letter indicating the applicant’s full contact details (including e-mail address and telephone numbers), should be sent to aporde@ifas.org.za to the attention of Nicolas Pons-Vignon.

The application should actually reach Nicolas Pons-Vignon by Monday 6 December 2010 at midnight at the latest.

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Please note that individual acknowledgement of applications will be sent by e-mail only. Candidates will be notified by e-mail of the outcome of their applications at the latest by early March 2011.

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Radical Pedagogy

A NEW BOOK ON HUBERT HARRISON

The paperback edition of “Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism,
1883-1918” http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-13910-6/hubert-harrison is now (as of November 1, 2010) available in paperback.

Faculty members interested in exam copies for possible course adoption can contact Columbia University Press via this form: http://cup.columbia.edu/main/RequestExamCopy.html

Dr. Jeffrey B. Perry
www.jeffreybperry.net

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Red

THE ROUGE FORUM – UPDATE 13th NOVEMBER 2010 AND LONDON STUDENTS POINT THE WAY

 

A message from Rich Gibson

Dear Friends,

The Rouge Forum web page is updated at: http://www.richgibson.com/blog/

We invite you to join us in Chicago for Rouge Forum 2011. http://www.rougeforumconference.org/

The Rouge Forum 2011 conference will be held May 20-22 at Lewis University’s suburban campus in Romeoville, IL.

Call for proposals and information on conference registration and housing will be online soon!

And here is a call for chapter authors: Hip-Hop(e): The Cultural Practice and Critical Pedagogy of International Hip-Hop.
Peter Lang
Co-Edited with Mike J. Viola UCLA
by Brad Porfilio
http://lewisu.academia.edu/BradPorfilio/Papers/330392/Hip-Hop_e_Call_for_Chapters

 

Good luck to us, every one.
Rich Gibson

 

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AFGHANISTAN

TIME TO GO

National Demonstration

Saturday 20th November 12 noon

Speakers’ Corner to rally in Trafalgar Square, London

As a NATO Summit gathers in Lisbon, Portugal to discuss a new Strategic Concept, we will be gathering in central London to call for an end to NATO’s occupation of Afghanistan. With Afghan civilian deaths increasing, as well as British military casualties, the war is increasingly unpopular in NATO states, including Britain.

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)

Join us to send a strong message to the summit and to the government here in London.

For more info or to help by volunteering at the demo see the CND website.

CND: http://www.cnduk.org

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Capitalism

CAPITALISM: A SOCIAL CATASTROPHE

Speaker: Professor Mike Danson

Sunday 21st November

12.30pm

Clyde Room, Premier Inn

Argyle Street

Glasgow

COMMUNIST PARTY OF SCOTLAND

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Capitalism

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