Date | October, 2014

Manufacturing Victory

by Vince Carducci read original post at publicseminar A review essay on A. J. Blaime’s The Arsenal of Democracy September 25th, 2014 | No responses These days people generally think of Detroit — with its vast expanses of abandoned real estate that have given rise to the photographic genre known as ruins porn — as the place where modernity went […]

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The Capitalism of Affects

by Cinzia Arruzza read original post at publicseminar In her groundbreaking book about emotional labor, The Managed Heart, Arlie Russell Hochshild suggests that emotions are not simply stored in us waiting to be expressed: they are also produced and managed. The notion and practice of affects management, both privately and socially, are not specific to capitalism. Hellenistic […]

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The Plight of Greek Higher Education

by Panagiotis Sotiris read original post at publicseminar Greek higher education has been, for the past four years, under a double attack, both by crippling austerity-induced budget cuts and by an attempt to accelerate the imposition of aggressively neoliberal reforms towards an entrepreneurial model of higher education. To understand the importance of these processes, we must […]

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The Politics of the Sharing Economy

by Trebor Scholz read original post at publicseminar If you’ve heard about companies like Airbnb, Zipcar, Skype, Uber, Getaround, and Lyft, and you know a bit about crypto-currencies, you get the picture. The “sharing economy” is just as exhilarating and vexing as the Web 2.0 meme was nine years ago. I am all there with Arun Sundararajan, professor at Stern School of Business […]

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Guy Standing: A Precariat Charter

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 80 Fifth Ave., room 529, New York, NY 10011   Guy Standing’s immensely influential 2011 book introduced the Precariat as an emerging mass class, characterized by inequality and insecurity. A Precariat Charter discusses how rights – political, civil, social and economic – have been denied to the […]

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