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Global Economic Crisis

Global Economic Crisis

SOCIOLOGY AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

Sociology

A journal of the British Sociological Association

Sociology and the Global Economic Crisis

 

Special Issue Call for Papers

Deadline for submissions: 31 August 2013

 

Editorial Team:

Ana C. Dinerstein (University of Bath), Gregory Schwartz (University of Bath) and Graham Taylor (University of the West of England)

 

Brief: As the Editors of the 2014 Annual Special Issue of Sociology (http://soc.sagepub.com), a journal of the British Sociological Association (http://www.britsoc.co.uk), would like to invite you to submit a paper, and extended book review essay, or a theoretical intervention that does one of two broadly defined things: 

·         Explore how sociology can contribute to a better understanding of (the lived experience of) the global economic crisis; and/or

·         Reflect on how social processes and movements confronting the crisis can inspire a new sociological imagination.

 

Our aim is to bring together contributions that:

·         Bridge disciplines

·         Unsettle conventions

·         Cosmopolitanise epistemologies

·         Renew sociology

 

We welcome contributions on relevant topics in any field of social science engaging with sociological research, from early career and established academics, and from those outside academia.

 
Rationale: The Editorial Board of Sociology considered a high number of proposals in response to the tender for the Special Issue of the journal in 2014. Our proposal, titled ‘Sociology and the Global Economic Crisis’ was selected as the successful submission. The Special Issue will address the urgent need to deconstruct and interrogate the formulation and reality of the global economic crisis. Additionally, it will systematically and critically investigate the specifically social processes underpinning its development and intensification.

Our aim in this proposal has been to tackle the challenge confronting the social sciences by the current economic crisis, in that there has largely been a failure to translate a quotidian reality of crisis into adequate forms of knowledge. While there has been discussion of ‘the crisis’, or ‘austerity’, of growing poverty, precarity, unemployment, and proletarianisation, there have been severe limitations in the disciplines of social science to engage with their object of knowledge in a way that seriously rethinks the epistemological and methodological assumptions of such knowledge. In short, the emergence of the current crisis has tended to highlight serious limits to the sociological imagination. Rethinking the ‘crisis’ could facilitate the renewal of sociology as an intellectual force in the public sphere, and imbue sociology with a critical or radical force that has been missing in recent decades.

With the explicit aims of the special issue to bridge disciplines, unsettle conventions and cosmopolitanise epistemologies, we see the contribution of critical Marxist theorists as paramount. Why? Above all, by asking authors to reflect on how social relations of production are confronted and rethought by various (new) movements and (new) forms of politics, and how modes of protest are not only confronting the political-cultural and class changes, but how social mobilisation itself nurtures epistemological innovation. 

Queries: The full paper should be submitted by the 31 August 2013. The articles will be peer reviewed following the journal’s usual procedures. The special issue is to be published in October 2014. To discuss initial ideas, seek editorial advice, or discuss a specific paper, please contact the Special Issue Editors by email on sociology.specialissue.2014@gmail.com

The Full Call for Papers can be viewed at: http://www.britsoc.co.uk/media/48566/Global_Economic_Crisis_SOC_SI_2014_CFP.pdf

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-sociology-and-the-global-economic-crisis

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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CRISIS

CRISIS

 

A Guide to Marx's 'Capital'

A Guide to Marx’s ‘Capital’

A GUIDE TO MARX’S ‘CAPITAL’ VOLS I-III – by KENNETH SMITH

Book Summary

This book provides a comprehensive guide to all three volumes of Karl Marx’s ‘Capital’, with advice on further reading and points for further discussion. Recognizing the contemporary relevance of ‘Capital’ in the midst of the current financial crisis, Kenneth Smith has produced an essential guide to Marx’s ideas, particularly on the subject of the circulation of money-capital. This guide uniquely presents the three volumes of ‘Capital’ in a different order of reading to that in which they were published, placing them instead in the order that Marx himself sometimes recommended as a more user-friendly way of reading. Dr Smith also argues that for most of the twentieth century, the full development of the capitalist mode of production (CMP) has been undermined by the existence of a non-capitalist ‘third world’, which has caused the CMP to take on the form of what Marx called a highly developed mercantile system, rather than one characterized by an uninterrupted circuit of industrial capital of the kind he expected. While the guide can be read as a book in its own right, it also contains detailed references to Volumes I–III so that students, seminars and discussion groups can easily make connections between Smith’s explanations and the relevant parts of ‘Capital’.

A Guide to Marx’s Capital Vols I-III: http://www.anthempress.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=Kenneth+Smith

Hardback: PRICE:  £60.00  /  $99.00 | November 2012 | ISBN 9780857285065

Paperback: PRICE:  £19.99  /  $29.95 | November 2012 | ISBN 9780857285560

 

Readership: This book will be useful to undergraduate and postgraduate students of sociology, political science, philosophy and economics, as well as to the general reader with a keen interest in Marx’s ‘Capital’ and its relevance to the current financial crisis today.

About the Author
Dr Kenneth Smith is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Buckinghamshire New University, UK and the review editor of the ‘Journal of Classical Sociology’.

About Anthem Press
Anthem Press is an independent academic, educational and reference publishing house with a strong international focus.  The company’s head office is in London and has sales offices in New York, New Delhi: http://www.anthempress.com

 

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‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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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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Sociology

CRITICAL SOCIOLOGY – ISSUE 38:6

 

CONTENTS:

 

David Fasenfest

Political Leadership and Social Transformation

 

SYMPOSIUM: Brazil under President Dilma Rousseff: A Preliminary Assessment

 

Anthony W Pereira
Continuity is Not Lack of Change

 

Lecio Morais and Alfredo Saad-Filho 
Neo-Developmentalism and the Challenges of Economic Policy-Making under Dilma Rousseff

 

Mahrukh Doctor
Brazil’s New Government and Trade: An Evaluation of Policy and Performance

 

Juliana Bertazzo
Brazilian Security and Defense Policy under President Dilma Rousseff: Transition and Initial Challenges

 

Fiona Macaulay
Deepening the Federative Pact? The Dilma Government’s Approach to Crime, Justice and Policing

 

Par Engstrom 
Brazilian Foreign Policy and Human Rights: Change and Continuity under Dilma

 

Anthony Hall and Sue Branford
Development, Dams and Dilma: The Saga of Belo Monte

 

Carolina Matos
Media Democratization in Brazil and Future Challenges

 

Paul Heritage
The Game is Violent! Opening Gambits at the Ministry of Culture

 

Juliana Bertazzo 
An Initial Survey of the Dilma Rousseff Administration in Brazil

 

REVIEW ESSAYS

 

Andrew Stevens
Labor, Governance, and Ecological Politics

 

Devereaux Kennedy
Constructing the Geo-culture and Strengthening the Core

 

Available online at: http://crs.sagepub.com/content/current

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/critical-sociology-vol-38-6-is-now-available

 

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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

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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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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Dr Linus

MEASURING THE CONTRIBUTION OF DISSIDENT SCHOLARSHIP

The American Journal of Economics and Sociology

Call for Papers
Measuring the Contribution of Dissident Scholarship
A Special Issue of the American Journal of Economics and Sociology

Peer review provides the foundation for academic research, and yet peer review and esteem can potentially be a self-reinforcing process.  Common training in a dominant paradigm can make academics prone to group-think.  The self-referential tendency is exacerbated in the social sciences and humanities where theories are evaluated based on interpretations of events and experiments cannot be used to explode shared fallacies. Non-mainstream economics alleges that this self-referential potential has been realized, and further that conventional metrics of quality scholarship based on citations and reputation essentially assume and fail to demonstrate the superior quality of the mainstream.

The failure of conventional measures to demonstrate the superiority of mainstream economics does not prove the comparable worth of non-mainstream economics. Documentation of mainstream economics’ flaws protected by self-referential peer review and demonstration of the value of non-mainstream economics has proved elusive, perhaps due to the extent of circularity.  This special issue solicits innovative attempts to assess the contribution of non-mainstream economics and economists.  Subjective evaluation by non-mainstream economists of the value of their research seems hopelessly self-serving, indicating the need for new metrics to measure the contribution of dissidents relative to the mainstream. Papers employing a wide range of methods are encouraged, including historical and contemporary case studies, quantitative approaches, and comparison of economics literature and other literatures.

Authors interested in submitting a paper are encouraged to contact the Guest Editor. Papers should be submitted to the AJES website, by February 15, 2012.

Guest Editor: Daniel Sutter, University of Texas – Pan American: dssutter@utpa.edu or dan@danielsutter.com

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Midnight

RADICAL FOUCAULT

CALL FOR PAPERS

Radical Foucault: A One Day Conference

Centre for Cultural Studies Research, University of East London

The publication of Michel Foucault’s Lectures at the Collège de France, 1983-84 in English will be complete in April 2011 and his first Collège de France lecture course, La Volunté de Savoir will be published for the first time in February. The Centre for Cultural Studies Research at the University of East London is holding a one-day conference on Friday, September 9th, 2011 which will re-assess Foucault’s contribution to radical thought and the application of his ideas to contemporary politics. What does it mean to draw on Foucault as a resource for radical politics, and how are we to understand the politics which implicitly informs his work?

Many commentators today would seem to claim Foucault as the theorist of a politics which eschews all utopian ambition in favour of a certain governmental pragmatism, while others would claim him for a rigorous but ultimately rather simple libertarianism: can either of these positions ever be adequate to the radicalism of Foucault’s  analyses? Does it matter?

What is the significance of Foucault’s ideas of ‘governmentality’ and ‘biopolitics’ in understanding his later oeuvre and its implications; do either of these terms deserve to carry the weight attributed to them by some commentators? What is the ongoing relevance of Foucault’s account of disciplinarity: is, it, as Lazzarato has claimed, a historical category no longer fully applicable to contemporary forms of power?
How can Foucauldian ideas be brought bear on the analysis of austerity politics? Is there a role for Foucault’s ideas in formulating effective resistance to the increasing erosion of civil liberties that operates both within countries and across state boundaries? Can the notion of bio-power account for contemporary forms of racism? How can Foucauldian epistemology enable an understanding of the biopolitics of contemporary scientific discourse?

Confirmed Keynotes:
Stuart Elden, Professor in the Department of Geography, Durham University.
Mark Kelly, Lecturer in Philosophy, Middlesex University.

Abstracts of no more than 350 words are invited, to arrive no later than Tuesday, 1st March 2011. Subjects may include, but are not limited to:

Foucauldian thought and contemporary subjectivation
Foucault and other thinkers
Governmentality and everyday life
Strategic discourses of war and terror
New technologies of the self
Foucault and new forms of resistance
Heterotopias  now and in the future
Foucault and the erosion of the state
Disciplinary society and the society of control
Foucault, British politics and the ‘big society’
Foucault, post-Fordism and post-democracy

Email abstracts to Jeremy Gilbert (j.gilbert@uel.ac.uk) and Debra Benita Shaw (d.shaw@uel.ac.uk)

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Capitalist Crisis

CRISIS AND CHANGE TODAY

Crisis and Change Today: Basic Questions of Marxist Sociology
Second Edition

By Peter Knapp and Alan Spector

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Crisis and Change Today provides a solid introduction to Marxist social theory. The work’s unique voice is expressed in its Socratic-dialogic approach, structured around forty questions that students have about society and social change. Topics range from theories of history, economics, unemployment, racial oppression, the state, fascism, the collapse of the Soviet bloc, and points of convergence and difference between the dialectical approach and other approaches to social science. The content and tone of the work invites students to evaluate various traditional and current explanations of social institutions and social processes and encourages them to weigh the debates and investigate further.

The first edition was very well received (recipient of the Distinguished Scholarship Award of the Section on Marxist Sociology of the ASA), and the second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to be relevant for students today. Though the first edition was written during the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the growing gap between the rich and the poor and the economic crisis have generated more interest in using Marxist analysis as a tool to understand both the crises of capitalism and the weaknesses of past Marxist praxis.

Peter Knapp is Professor of Sociology at Villanova University and author of books and articles on Marx and Hegel.

Alan Spector is Professor of Sociology at Purdue University Calumet. In addition to publishing, he has served as Chair of the Section on Marxist Sociology of the American Sociological Association and is currently on the editorial board of Critical Sociology.

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More information on the book is available here: http://www.rowmanlittlefield.com/Catalog/SingleBook.shtml?command=Search&db=^DB/CATALOG.db&eqSKUdata=0742520439&thepassedurl=collegepublishing&exam_copy=true

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Prepublication reviews from Bertell Ollman, Rhonda Levine, David Fasenfest, and Berch Berberoglu are available here: http://www.rowmanlittlefield.com/Catalog/Reviews.shtml?command=Search&db=^DB/CATALOG.db&eqSKUdata=0742520439

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