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Global Capitalism

THE MAKING OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM

September 27th, 2012 7:30 PM

BOOK PARTY/FORUM
The Making of Global Capitalism
Leo Panitch & Sam Gindin with Doug Henwood

Panitch and Gindin’s newest book offers a significant rethinking of the development of global capitalism. Focussing on the American state, they argue that its distinctiveness rests in its capacity to identify the interests of its own capital with that of capital in general, while restructuring other states to the end of spreading capitalist social relations and preventing economic crises from interrupting capital’s globalizing tendencies. Examining recent economic crises, the authors identify social conflict occurring within, rather than between, states, producing political fault-lines replete with possibilities for the emergence of new movements to transcend capitalist markets and states.

Leo Panitch, Sam Gindin and Doug Henwood will participate in the panel discussion. Reception to follow.

Sam Gindin is the Packer chair in Social Justice in the Department of Political Science at York University in Toronto. His books include In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives, and The Terrain of Social Justice.

Leo Panitch is Professor of Political Science at York University, Canada, and an editor of The Socialist Register. His publications include A Different Kind of State? (with Greg Albo and David Langille) and Working-Class Politics in Crisis.

Sliding scale: $6/$10/$15
Free for Brecht Forum Subscribers

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/the-making-of-global-capitalism-book-party-forum-leo-panitch-sam-gindin-with-doug-henwood-nyc-27-sept

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

 

Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

 

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Education Crisis

PROGRESSION AND TRANSITIONS: MORE THAN UNIVERSITY AND A-LEVELS

SRHE

Post-Compulsory and Higher Education Network

Progression and transitions – more than university and A-levels

Thursday 8th November, 2012

SRHE, 73 Collier Street, London, N1 9BE

14:00-16:00

 

This seminar focuses on diversity and difference in young people’s transitions at the end of secondary education in England. While recent media interest has focused on ‘AAB’ and transition to high tariff universities, for many students transitions involve a diversity of routes other than A-levels, and do not necessarily mean moving on to HE. Drawing on their extensive research, Professor Ann Hodgson and Professor Alison Fuller offer their analyses of the challenges and complexities of youth transitions at a time of policy turbulence and change in education.

 

14+ participation, progression and transition to higher study and employment: an ecological framework

Ann Hodgson, Professor of Education and Co-Director of the Centre for 14+ Research and Innovation, Institute of Education, University of London

This presentation will propose a possible new way of looking at the issue of school-to-work and school–to-higher education transitions through a three-dimensional ecological model, focusing in particular on ‘local learning ecologies’.  I will suggest that this model can be used as a means of understanding the interaction of a range of multi-level factors that play out at the local level to either constrain or support the participation, progression and transition of young people within upper secondary education and into higher study and employment in England.

 

Hybrid qualifications, institutional expectations and youth transitions: a case of swimming with or against the tide

Alison Fuller, Professor of Education and Work and Director of Research Centre

Southampton Education School, University of Southampton

This presentation uses the concept of hybrid qualifications to expose the way in which the English system, with its longstanding academic and vocational divide, fails to support the transitions of young people with ‘average’ educational attainment. The concept of hybrid qualifications was developed during EU funded research undertaken in 2010 – 11 with project partners from Germany, Austria and Denmark. It was conceived to mean those qualifications generally achieved by young people aged 16-18 which would facilitate entry to the labour market or access to university.  In the English system we defined Level 3 qualifications such as the BTEC National suite of Diplomas, Applied A-Levels, the Advanced Diploma and the qualifications contained within the Advanced Apprenticeship as contenders for hybridity.  Compared with the clear pathways for entry to bachelor degrees that are articulated for those who have attained traditional academic qualifications (namely A-levels), the routes for those leaving school with vocational qualifications are poorly and narrowly-defined and fragile.  Using the rich, narrative data gathered from interviews and focus groups with students, tutors and key stakeholders, we illustrate how for this group transition often involves ‘swimming against rather than with the tide’.

 

Ann Hodgson has worked as a teacher, lecturer, LEA adviser, editor and civil servant, joining the Institute of Education, University of London in 1993, where she is now a Professor of Education, Assistant Director (London) and Co-director of the Centre for Post-14 Research and Innovation. Current projects include Global Learning for Global Colleges, funded by the Department for International Development; Developing a National Qualifications Framework for Qatar; Improving professional learning for the Institute for Learning; acting as the academic partner for London Councils on 14-19 education and training; developing 14+ Progression and Transition Boards with a number of local authorities; and surveying teacher and lecturer views of 14-19 policy in partnership with NUT and UCU.  Ann has published widely in a variety of forms on topics related to post-14 education policy, vocational education and training, lifelong learning and curriculum and qualifications reform.  Recent books include: Post-compulsory education and lifelong learning across the United Kingdom: policy, organisation and governance (IOE Publications 2011), co-edited with Ken Spours, and Martyn Waring; Education for All: the future of education and training for 14-19 Year Olds (Routledge 2009), co-authored with other Nuffield Review directors and researchers; Education and Training 14-19: curriculum, qualifications and organisation (Sage 2008), co-authored with Ken Spours; and Improving Learning, Skills and Inclusion: the impact of policy on post-compulsory education (Routledge 2008), co-authored with Frank Coffield, Sheila Edward, Ian Finlay, Ken Spours and Richard Steer.

Alison Fuller is Professor of Education and Work, and Director of Research Centre in Southampton Education School, University of Southampton (www.soton.ac.uk/education). Alison has directed many research projects in the areas of education – work transitions, apprenticeship, vocational education and training, workplace learning, and widening participation including for the ESRC, EU and EHRC and has published widely. She has recently completed a project for the Gatsby Charitable Foundation on technician level roles in the healthcare sector. Her most recent book (edited with Professor Rachel Brooks and Dr Johanna Waters) Changing Spaces of Education: new perspectives on the nature of learning has recently been published by Routledge (2012).

 

Event booking details

To reserve a place at this seminar please register at http://www.srhe.ac.uk/events/or telephone +44 (0) 207 427 2350.   SRHE events are open to all and free to SRHE members as part of their membership package. The delegate fee for non-members is  £45 from 1 August. Non-members wishing to join the Society may do so at the time of registration and the delegate fee will be waived. Please note that places must be booked in advance and that a £45 fee for non-attendance will be charged if a place has been reserved but no notice of cancellation/non-attendance has been given in advance.

 

Yours sincerely

Francois Smit, SRHE Event Manager, Society for Research into Higher Education, 73 Collier Street, London N1 9BE, Telephone 0207 427 2350, Fax number 0207 278 1135, srheoffice@srhe.ac.ukhttp://www.srhe.ac.uk

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

 

Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

 

Heathwood Press: http://www.heathwoodpress.com

 

 

Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 25th SEPTEMBER 2012

 

EVENTS

Film – Revolucion

Tuesday Sept. 25, 7pm
OISE (252 Bloor St.W. Toronto) Room 2279
PRICE: Pay What You Can

Toronto the Better movie series kicks off on Sept.25th with an original movie from Toronto teacher and union activist Paul Bocking. Revolucion tells the stories of Mexicans impacted by The North American Free Trade Agreement. More bust than boom, they tell us. And they are fighting back. Join us in solidarity with our Mexican brothers and sisters in the “free trade” barrel.

This movie is part of our “Learning with Latin America” series and will be followed in October by Marmato: Manger of Gold.

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The State of Labour, Past and Present

Wednesday, September 26, 8 – 11 p.m.
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West (near Dufferin)

Ever wonder how we got the weekend, vacation pay, workman’s compensation and many other things that we take for granted? These were the hard won spoils of the labour movement. The “Voice of Industry”, an early labor newspaper published by the first union for working women in the United States, was an early emblem of that movement. And we’re reviving the conversations that took place in its pages. The Voice of Industry was a weekly American labour newspaper that ran from 1845-1848, published by the first union of working women in the U.S. In its pages, working women published articles and poetry about a range of issues related to the social changes wrought by the Industrial Revolution. While their world was very different from our own, much of their criticism remains as powerful and relevant today as it was over a hundred years ago. In 2008 the paper was recovered in its entirety and made freely available online. This year, a substantial redesign of the site was undertaken, with a view of making the sentiments, criticism and moral vision of these workers accessible to a broader audience. To celebrate the redesign, we will be holding an evening of speakers and performances on September 26th at the Gladstone Hotel.

SPEAKERS:
* Jim Stanford – Chief Economist, Canadian Auto Workers Union
* Bryan Palmer – Professor of Labour History, Trent University
* Fay Farady – Labour, Human Rights and Constitutional Lawyer

PERFORMANCES:
* Sean Morley Dixon
* the Voice of Industry Choir
* and others.

voiceofindustry.com | https://www.facebook.com/events/393136110753762

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Toronto Socialist Action Presents Rebel Films: Students in Revolt – Chile, Mexico and Quebec
2012. 54 minutes (total)

Friday, September 28 – 7 p.m.
OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Room 2-212 (at the St. George Subway Station)
Everyone welcome. $4 donation requested.
Please visit: http://www.socialistaction.ca or call 416 461-6942.

Co-sponsored by Youth for Socialist Action. Three short documentaries are joined together by Rebel Films to show the rise of students and youths around the world in action against the corporate agenda.  It depicts street protests challenging reactionary education ‘reforms’ in Chile, electoral fraud (once again) in Mexico, and the university fees hikes and repressive legislation in Quebec.  This event is co-sponsored by Youth for Socialist Action. YSA leaders Tyler Mackinnon and Evan Engering will lead off the open discussion following the screening.

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Dispatches From the Global Labour Movement: A Speaker Series at York University

A collaboration of:
* Centre for Research on Work & Society
* Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy
* Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender & Work
* Work & Labour Studies Program, LAPS

All are welcome.
For more info, contact: crws@yorku.ca

1. Lessons from the 2012 Quebec Student Strike: A Panel Discussion
Wed. September 26th
Ross S701 2:30-4:30pm

2. Developments in Collective Bargaining & Gender Equity in Australia
Sue Wiilliamson, University of Sydney
Tuesday October 30th
Ross S701 2:30-4:30pm

3. The Political Economy of the New Attack on Canadian Unions
Andrew Jackson, Packer Visiting Professor in Social Justice
York University
Monday December 3rd
Ross S674 (Verney Room) 2:30-4:30pm

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NEWS & VIEWS

Chicago Teachers Raise the Bar

by Theresa Moran, Labor Notes

The Chicago Teachers Union has done the seemingly impossible. At a time when teachers are pilloried in the press and attacked by Democrats and Republicans alike, Chicago teachers walked out for seven days in a strike that challenged every tenet of the corporate agenda for overhauling education.

Read more: http://labornotes.org/2012/09/chicago-teachers-raise-bar

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Voter equality for a healthy democracy

by the Maytree Foundation

If we told you that voters in some Ontario ridings have twice the influence in Parliament as voters in Oak Ridges-Markham, what would your response be? In the latest Maytree Opinion, Alan Broadbent discusses how our democracy is healthy only when Parliament represents people in all parts of the country equally. Currently, we’re a bit ill.

Read this month’s Maytree Opinion: http://maytree.com/spotlight/voter-equality-for-a-healthy-democracy.html

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Progressives Must Move Beyond Occupy

by Cynthia Alvarez, Common Dreams   

Average citizens evaluate political organizations based on how those organizations actually function. They know a political organization is a microcosm of the society it wishes to create. So after ten months of heavy involvement in Occupy, I have this question for Occupiers: would you honestly want to live in a society that is organized like Occupy and functions like Occupy? Do you want a society that claims to be “leaderless” while its true leaders remain hidden and unelected? Do you want a society with no written rules? Do you really expect the general public to support an organization that would extend this model to the rest of society?

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/09/17

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Abuse of migrant workers ‘endemic’ in Canada, new study says

by Toronto Star

The moment Liliane arrived in Toronto from Uganda as a live-in caregiver, her boss seized her work permit and passport. For two years of work, she was only paid a total of $2,100.

Senthil Thevar was promised $15 an hour by a recruiter in India to work as a chef in a Toronto restaurant. Instead, he only earned $8 hourly, sharing accommodation in a cold basement, with no vacation and holidays.

On paper, Tanzanian taxidermist Juma was supposed to make $16.08 an hour to make animal specimens in Canada. His boss wrote him a $3,168 paycheque each month, but Juma must immediately withdraw the money and pay it back as “my taxes.”

It might seem these migrant workers just happened to be struck by bad luck — and unscrupulous employers. But a new report released Monday by the Metcalf Foundation says Canada’s current immigration and labour laws virtually doom temporary migrant workers to mistreatment.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1257536–abuse-of-migrant-workers-endemic-in-canada-new-study-says

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Book – Researching the Social Economy

Edited by Laurie Mook, Jack Quarter, and Sherida Ryan
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2010

Researching the Social Economy is one of the first comprehensive research collections on the social economy in Canada. While the term “social economy” is used widely is Western Europe and Quebec, it has had minimal currency in English Canada, where the differences between the public and private sectors and among nonprofits, co-operatives, social enterprises, and community economic development organizations have been emphasized.

The contributions to this volume, flowing from an inter-regional and international network of scholars and community organizations, analyze how the social economy, in its many manifestations, interacts with and shares commonalities with organizations in the other sectors of the economy. Taken as a whole, Researching the Social Economy enriches our understanding of how this important cluster of organizations contributes to Canadian society in both economic and social terms, and lays the groundwork for future study.

Read more: http://www.utppublishing.com/Researching-the-Social-Economy.html

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit http://www.apcol.ca.

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

 

Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

 

Heathwood Press: http://www.heathwoodpress.com