The first part of a chapter, titled “Encoding the Law the Household and the Standardisation Of Uncertainty,” for an edited volume on mapping precariousness.
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…
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…
[This is the abstract to the second and forthcoming essay in the series on financial bonds.
‘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’…
By way of settling an odd bet, here are some footnotes from an old essay on financial crisis, national debt and disciplinary practice in the 1930s (pdf):
An excerpt from Contract & Contagion: From Biopolitics to Oikonomia, pp.113-18.
[The intro of a text co-authored with Dick Bryan (forthcoming)] Social benefit bonds, otherwise referred to as social impact bonds, are a very recent innovation in the fields of social policy and finance.
in South Atlantic Quarterly, 111:4, pp. 763-83 (2012).
Published, Mute, December 20, 2011. Also below
Full text from Cultural Studies Review, volume 18 number 1 March 2012, pp.153–73.