Debt servitude, service work, oikos

Below is the bare-bones of the paper I did for the recent ASA conference on debt, oikos and service. The argument in that is drawn from C&C, but it’s an argument that I’ve become more sure of since, particularly with the recent wave of occupations at Sussex University against the privatisation of catering, and more recently the COSAS strike at the University of London.

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Gramsci’s feelings about home

I happened to come across a piece on Jacobin called “Gramsci Comes Home,” which I think—once again—presents Gramsci in a far better light than he really can be.

Here are some very quick notes on why the Gramscian revival might require a more explicit statement on (what should be) some fairly obvious questions. How critical are readers and adherents of Gramsci prepared to be, and openly so? Continue reading

Commodification

‘Commodification’ is often used as a short-hand way of defining what capitalism does, but all too often it’s used as a synonym for transaction or exchange. Yet buying and selling are not specific to capitalism and, more importantly, there are consequences in organising a critique of, or opposition to capitalism on the grounds that ‘markets’ are bad.

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