CLASS: THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM!
“The modern labourer, on the contrary, instead of rising with the process of industry, sinks deeper and deeper below the conditions of existence of his own class. He becomes a pauper, and pauperism develops more rapidly than population and wealth” K. Marx and F. Engels, Communist Manifesto, 1848
How to conceptualise class in the face of expanded impoverishment, commodification of social rights, increased social and spatial segregation, criminalised poor, austerity, global wars and ecological crisis? Under the contemporary conditions of capitalism, as class based inequalities have become sharper, the ways in which class is conceptualised matter more with respect to its political consequences.
With the discussion of class re-emerging in the social sciences, we hope to both foregrounds its centrality and search for critical perspectives. Perspectives which might shift the direction of class struggle from attacks on the ‘undeserving poor’ to the potentialities of the revolutionary class.
“A Sense of Inequality: 5 approaches, 3 themes and a variation”
Dr Wendy Bottero, The University of Manchester
“Class: Don’t Mention the War”
Professor Andrew Sayer, Lancaster University
“Sociology and Its Poor: Rethinking Social Class”
Dr Imogen Tyler, Lancaster University
Organised by: Department of Sociology, Lancaster University
Date: Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Time: 16:15 – 18:30
Location: Cavendish Colloquium Room (Faraday Building LB02), Lancaster University
‘Human Herbs’ – a song by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs
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