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40 years after Labor and Monopoly Capital, by Harry Braverman

Deadline for submission of articles: January 31, 2014
(Articles in Portuguese and English)

Guest Editor
Elcemir Paço Cunha
FederalUniversity of Juiz de Fora (UFJF)

“The distinctive capacity of human labor power is, therefore, not its ability to produce a surplus, but rather its intelligent and purposive character, which gives it infinite adaptability and which produces the social and cultural conditions for enlarging its own productivity, so that its surplus product may be continuously enlarged. From the point of view of the capitalist, this many-sided potentiality of humans in society is the basis upon which is built the enlargement of his capital” (BRAVERMAN, 1998, p. 38).

The purpose of this call is fostering discussions on the labor process in the capitalist mode of production, having in mind the 40th anniversary of the publication of Labor and Monopoly Capital: the degradation of work in the twentieth century, by Harry Braverman. As is generally known, this book resumed the discussions of Sociology of Work worldwide by evoking the links between the labor process and the monopoly phase of capital. From this copious influence, remained the so-called Labor Process Theory, which engenders discussions and events abroad ( The discussions from Braverman’s book, under the critical guidance of Micheal Burawoy, also, prompted considerations that, right or wrong, staked out the conditions for setting what came to be the Critical Management Studies (KNIGHTS and WILLMOTT, 1990).

Additionally, all movement in the different chains that put on hold the category work discussing its validity for a social criticism or its centrality to social life (Jürgen Habermas, Claus Offe, and Andre Gorz, and resonances in the recognition theory as it appears in Axel Honneth, in addition to authors having even postmodernist attitudes, such as Zygmunt Bauman), also served to greatly deviate research on the work problem (compare, notwithstanding, to different movements which do not claim such centrality under the terms of criticism, as György Lukács, Ernest Mandel, István Mészáros, etc.). Not by chance, the so-called Organizational Studies, which partly reflect on the issues of social and economic sciences, manifest the tendency to pass off the problems of the labor process as valorization process of capital by preferring other themes also important that, however, keep away from the key determinations of this sociability observed, whose guiding core is still (against the most varied prognoses) the logic of value.

Therefore, celebrating this work by Braverman means opening the possibility for discussions which bring up the issues directly associated to work and labor process in the capitalist production, addressing, by way of example, these possible points:

· Issues concerning the centrality of work;
· New expressions of work degradation;
· Work, work division, and command technique (administration) at work;
· Work, State, and social policies;
· Work and new expressions of the “social question”;
· Work and feminism;
· Others.

We would like to invite authors to prepare theoretical and empirical papers.
Cadernos EBAPE.BR is an online journal on Administration published in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by EBAPE/FGV (BrazilianSchool of Public and Business Administration of Getulio Vargas Foundation) and it is an open access journal – All approved papers will be published in the original language. The Cadernos EBAPE.BR is classified by the CAPES Qualis system as B1.

The authors should follow the guidelines for submitting articles to Cadernos EBAPE.BR in:

The articles should be submitted through the link:  

You must register as an author, if you have not done it previously.

The deadline for article submission is January 31, 2014.

Note: please indicate in the field “AUTHOR’S COMMENTS” (bottom of the page – 1st stage of the procedure) that your article is for the special issue: “Labor process/appreciation 40 years after Labor and Monopoly Capital, by Harry Braverman”.

Specific questions about the special issue should be directly addressed to the guest editor: Elcemir Paço Cunha (

Guest Editor
Elcemir Paço Cunha
Associate Professor of the Post-Graduation Programs in Social Service and Law at the Universidade Federal de Juiz de For a



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The New Left Book Club:  

6th International Marx & Engels Colloquium 

Call for papers 

Center for Marxist Studies (Centro de Estudos Marxistas -Cemarx) at the University of Campinas (Unicamp) 
Campinas (SP), Brazil, November 2009 
The Institute of Humanities’ Center for Marxist Studies at the University of Campinas has begun the call for papers for the 6th INTERNATIONAL MARX & ENGELS COLLOQUIM. Papers should be submitted between March 2 and June 15, 2009. 
General Information
The 6th International Marx & Engels Colloquium accepts two types of papers: those which analyze, critique or develop Marxist theory as their research subject, and papers that utilize the Marxist theoretical framework in empirical or theoretical studies which fit into the event’s Thematic Groups. 
Researchers interested in submitting papers should indicate in which Thematic Group they fit. Occasionally, the Organizing Commission of the 6th International Marx & Engels Colloquium might reallocate papers from one group to another. 
The Colloquium ‘s Thematic Groups are as follows: 
TG 1 – The theoretical work of Marx 
A critical examination of the works of Marx and Engels, and the polemical debates these stimulated. 
TG 2 – Different Marxisms 
A critical examination of the classic works of Marxism from the 19th and 20th centuries. The different currents of Marxist thought and their transformations. The theoretical work of Brazilian and Latin American Marxists. The question of the renewing and modernizing of Marxism. 
TG 3 – Marxism and the humanities 
Examination of the presence of Marxism in Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Anthropology, History, in the area of International Relations, and Law. Examination of the Marxist critique of the humanities and the contributions of the humanities in the development of Marxism. Polemical theories and Marxist conceptual developments in these areas of study. The presence of Marxism in Brazilian and Latin American universities. 
TG 4 – Economics and politics in contemporary capitalism 
The Marxist approach to the economic, political and social transformations in capitalism at the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st centuries. New patterns of accumulation for capital, new imperialist phase, transformation of the State and capitalist democracy. The position of dominant and dependent countries. Brazil and Latin America.
TG 5 – Class relations in contemporary capitalism 
The Marxist approach to the transformations that have occurred within the class structure. Workers, the working class, “the new working class” and “the middle class”. The petite bourgeoisie. Peasants in current capitalism. The debate on the decline of class polarization at the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st centuries. The working classes and social movements. The new configuration of the bourgeoisie. Social classes in Brazil and Latin America. The Marxist concept of social class and class struggle in contemporary capitalism. 
TG 6 – Education, capitalism and socialism 
The relations between the education system and capitalism from a Marxist perspective: the training of the workforce; education and social classes; ideology and the educational process; education policy. Marxist analysis of education in Brazil and Latin America. The cultural apparatuses of capitalism (universities, research centers). The cultural centers created by the socialist movement. Analysis of the educational experiences conducted in societies that emerged from socialist revolutions in the 20 th century. Marxist theory and education. 
TG 7 – Culture, capitalism and socialism 
Capitalism and culture production: the new tendencies; plastic arts, literature and the culture industry. Marxist analysis of culture in Brazil and Latin America. Culture and socialism: the culture movements in societies, which emerged from the revolutions of the 20 th century. Marxism and culture production. 
TG 8 – Socialism in the 21st century 
Marxist analysis of 20th century revolutions. The communist and socialist heritage of the 19th and 20th centuries and the socialism of the 21st century. Marxism and socialism. The question of the renewing of socialism. The theory of transition to socialism. Workers and socialist transition. Strengths and obstacles for the reconstruction of the socialist movement in the 21st century. 
TG 9 – Labor and production in contemporary capitalism 
Social theory, labor and production. Theoretical concepts on production. Process and production: valorization process and labor process. Control and management of labor process. Class struggle in production. Casualization of labor and employment conditions and re-qualification of the workforce. Theories that affirm and reject the centrality of labor. The new forms of labor exploitation: immaterial labor, informal labor, casualized and informational. 
Submission of work 
Papers should be submitted between March 2 and June 15, 2009. Researchers should fill in the submission form at the Cemarx website
. They should also mail two printed copies of their paper, together with a copy of their submission form, to Cemarx. Participants should indicate on the outside of the envelope: 
a) The Thematic Group (TG) to which their paper is being submitted; 
b) Their full postal address and email. 
Requirements for the submission of work:


1. Papers 
The paper (in Spanish or Portuguese) should have between fifteen and twenty-four thousand characters (including spaces and footnotes), totaling no more than ten pages in times new roman size 12 font. Papers beyond this limit will not be considered. Included in the paper should be: the name of the event to which the paper is being submitted, a title, the author’s name and position (professor, post-graduate student, independent researcher), and the Thematic Group in which the author would like to participate. The content of the paper should clearly define the subject to be examined, the methodology used in the research, and present its theses and arguments in a way that clearly addresses the debate (theoretical, historiographical or political) within which the paper is inserted. Important! Papers should follow the referencing rules displayed on the Cemarx website. 
2. Table discussions 
A table discussion is made up of at least four papers in the ambit of a Thematic Group. A small number of proposals for table discussions will be accepted, privileging submissions by groups or centers of research, as well as scientific and cultural associations. The papers of table discussion participants, formatted in accord with the previous item, should be sent jointly, accompanied with a brief justification for the table discussion. It is the responsibility of the applicant institution to obtain the necessary resources to ensure the participation of table participants. 
3. Posters 
The 6th International Marx & Engels Colloquium is open to the participation of undergraduate students, to present papers of scientific initiation or graduation, whose subjects fit in one of the colloquium’s Thematic Groups. 
The research abstract (in Spanish or Portuguese) should have between three to five thousand characters (including spaces and footnotes) in times new roman size 12 font. Included should be: the paper’s title; the author’s name; and the undergraduate course in which he/she is enrolled. The abstract should present the subject of the research, its main ideas and findings. Instructions on poster requirements will be published on the Cemarx website. 
Selection announcement 
The period for the submission of papers closes on June 15, 2009.

Accepted papers will be posted on the Cemarx’s website – according to the following schedule: 
a) July 30: papers; 
b) August 15: posters. 
The results will be announced four months before the beginning of the event as to allow all participants to ask for grants from financial bodies and universities, as Cemarx cannot finance the attendance of conference participants. 

Addresses and contact information
Submission of papers: 
Centro de Estudos Marxistas (Cemarx), IFCH-Unicamp 
Caixa Postal 6110 CEP 13083-970 Campinas (SP) Brazil 
(5519) 3521-1639  

Information (from August 1, 2009 ): 
Secretaria de Eventos do IFCH-Unicamp (5519) 3521-1601 /


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