E17: Class, culture and party. With Vivek Chibber (60 min)

November 02, 2020 00:57:46
E17: Class, culture and party. With Vivek Chibber (60 min)
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E17: Class, culture and party. With Vivek Chibber (60 min)
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Show Notes

In the first of two special election-related episodes this week, I talk with Vivek Chibber. You may already be familiar with Chibber’s popular pamphlets called ‘The ABCs of capitalism.’ In this episode I asked Chibber to expand on these, taking the “why” of class struggle as a given, but venturing into questions of who, where and how. We also discuss the stakes in the upcoming election. Finally we talk about Chibber’s forthcoming book on “the cultural turn” in Marxism, in particular the idea of ‘whiteness.’

Vivek Chibber is Professor of Sociology at New York University and editor of Catalyst, which is published by Jacobin. He is the author of several books, including two due next fall, which we discuss here.

The ABCs of Capitalism

https://catalyst-journal.com/vol1/no1/cultural-turn-vivek-chibber

 

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