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Fishing Commons and Survival in Capitalist Mumbai

Set Adrift: Capitalist Transformations and Community Politics along Mumbai’s Shore by Gayatri Nair, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2021; pp 202, `1,295 (hardbound).

The World of Work in an Age of Permanent Crisis

The long crisis of monopoly capitalism has left the world of work in disarray. Several ongoing transformations in the world economy, such as those pertaining to the dispersion of production processes, and technological transformations, have major implications for the evolving labour question. When viewed through the lens of Karl Marx’s analytical framework, especially his formulation of the “General Law of Capitalist Accumulation,” one can conclude that the material and sociopolitical prospects for labouring people are being reconfigured. Thus, it is evident that capitalism is entirely unable to resolve the world’s labour question, and this necessitates moving beyond the logic of capitalism itself.

How to Dismantle a Republic

The Idea of New India: Essays in Defence of Critical Thought by Pramod Kumar, Delhi: Aakar Books, 2021; pp 362, `1,495 (hardback).

Tribes: The Other View

Tribe and State in Asia through Twenty-Five Centuries by Sumit Guha, Ann Arbor: Association for Asian Studies (Asia Shorts Series), 2021; pp 124, price not mentioned.

Contemporary Capitalism and the 4th Industrial Revolution

In this episode Atul Bhardwaj discusses his papers on Contemporary Capitalism and the 4th Industrial Revolution. The first paper titled ' Decay of Liberalism and Withering Away of the Left: Fourth Industrial Revolution ' talks about how the technology-driven revolution is fundamentally affecting the relationship between capital and labour. And how this change is driving right-wing populism across the globe while the left seems to be left behind. The second paper titled ' The Capital–Labour Rupture and the World Order ' takes this further arguing that cyber-capitalism is the driving force of...

Revisiting the Debates on Man-Nature Relation in Marxist Tradition

This paper tried to locate the debate on man-nature relation in the Marxist tradition. It looks at Marx’s theory of alienation and dialectics and argues that his theory of alienation and dialectics is not limited to a critique of capitalist modernity but shows man’s alienation from nature. Developing on this thesis, this paper looks at Engel’s position on the place of nature in Marxism. We argue that Engels’s notion of ecological crisis in capitalism is a result of his idea of nature as above society as he argued in Dialectics of Nature. In Lukacs and western Marxism, Engel’s thesis of the dialectics of nature is criticised. We especially highlight how Engels’s notion of nature suffers the reification of capitalism.

Platform Capitalism and Edtech

For-profit edtech needs to be banned, and the government must play an active regulatory role.

 

Social Good and Business Interventions

Inclusive Business Models: Transforming Lives and Creating Livelihoods by Sourav Mukherjee, New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2021; pp 250, `695.

A Saga of Conceptual Difficulties

Similarity: A Paradigm for Culture Theory edited by Anil Bhatti and Dorothee Kimmich, New Delhi: Tulika Books, 2018; pp xiv + 357, 995.

 

Concept of Development and Hegemonic World Order

Erasing the Binary Distinction of Developed and Underdeveloped: A Comparative Study of the Emergence of the Large-scale Steel Industry in Imperial Russia, Imperial Britain, Imperial America, and Colonial India, 1880–1914 by Vinay Bahl, US: Shunya, 2019; pp 417, price not indicated.

 

Global Unemployment and Inequality during 1991–2019

Based on secondary data, the paper discusses the changes in global unemployment and inequality between 1991 and 2019. The analysis reveals that the rate of unemployment and incidence of inequality have either increased or remained stubbornly high in almost all the countries under study.

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