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Subjects of Risk: Technologies of Gender in the Making of Millennial Modernity

By Ananya Roy: In the new millennium, the world’s poor are still at the bottom of the pyramid, but this time they are the fortune that can be mined, not the workers whose labor feeds all. In the age of poverty, it is this erasure of labor and exploitation that enables the renewal of development […]

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Crise do sujeito, otimismo cruel e exclusão participativa

Por Sérgio G. Baierle: Discuto aqui a crise do sujeito nos movimentos populares urbanos e seus territórios – favelas e vilas populares sobretudo –, à luz da mutação de suas condições de reprodução social, as quais tinham por base o que venho atualmente chamando de paradigma do otimismo cruel (as contradições do desejo de modernidade). […]

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A maldição do trabalho barato

Por Ruy Braga: Apesar do pacote de medidas anticíclicas implementado pelo governo federal buscando reverter a forte desaceleração da atividade industrial no país, o Brasil continua flertando com a estagnação econômica. De acordo com os analistas mais prudentes, teremos algo entre 1,5% e 2% de crescimento do Produto Interno Bruto (PIB) este ano. Após o […]

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Wilts the darling of Latin American Left

NGOs as shadow pseudopublics: Grassroots community leaders’ perceptions of change and continuity in Porto Alegre, Brazil – By Benjamin Junge: [Abstract] In this article, I examine changing meanings of participation for grassroots community leaders in Porto Alegre, Brazil, since the 2004 defeat of the Workers Party (PT) municipal government and a subsequent rise in the […]

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Government and Community Development in Ireland: The Contested Subjects of Professionalism and Expertise

By Rosie R. Meade: [Extract] The hegemonisation of partnership obscured fundamental contradictions in Irish society. It implied that structurally created polarities and hierarchies could be ignored in the interests of consensus; that political concerns could be treated as technical hitches; that competing sectors were equals in the processes of policy making. As it facilitated and […]

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Neoliberalism Resurgent? Market Rule after the Great Recession

By Jamie Pack, Nik Theodore and Neil Brenner: [Extract] “Advocates of progressive alternatives to neoliberalism must contend with the fact that, in a deeply interconnected world, no policy making place is an island anymore. “Local alternatives” remain important, but on their own they are not enough. Increasingly, fast-traveling global policy models have become the international currency of reform — be […]

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A miséria participativa e a participação miserável

Crítica do orçamento participativo – Pelo Grupo Fim da Linha: Em Porto Alegre, o assim chamado Orçamento Participativo (OP) ocupa o centro de debates, brigas e xingamentos, já virou ponto de parada turística de excursões de europeus, e foi o principal motivo da escolha de Porto Alegre como sede do Forum Social Mundial. O OP, […]

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Cooperativización: algunas aproximaciones a las relaciones actuales entre Estado capitalista y sectores subalternos

Por Mariana Giaretto: “El análisis de las relaciones entre Estado y clases subalternas a partir de experiencias concretas de tomas de tierras urbanas nos ha permitido identificar a la cooperativización como un proceso en el que se entrelazan complejamente tanto mecanismos estatales de dispersión del conflicto social como estrategias de subsistencia de los sectores populares.” […]

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Care Work and the Commons

By Massimo de Angelis: It is becoming increasingly clear that the current economic, social and environmental crises are degrading the conditions of everyday life for a vast range of people in many parts of the world, and are even posing apocalyptic threats to our social and ecological reproduction. It is also clear that the global […]

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Capitalizing on Bare Life: Sovereignty, Exception, and Gender Politics

By Jennifer Fluri: [EXCERPT] The reduction of civilian lives (in conflict zones) to zoe may also be economized through death, such as the military collateralization of civilian bodies. Remittances paid to the families of civilians killed by US coalition forces exemplify the monetary value placed on death, in contrast to civilian life. This form of […]

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Misère de l’économie du développement

Par Cédric Durand et Charlotte Nordmann: L’extension de la rationalité néolibérale à l’échelle mondiale a engendré une augmentation dramatique de la pauvreté, des inégalités et de la dépendance au capitalisme mondialisé. À ces processus, les organisations internationales n’ont pas su résister, quand elles ne les ont pas accompagnés ou aggravés. Une redéfinition radicale de l’économie […]

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Mass Culture and Terrorist Culture

By David Kishik: 1. The great fear of the nineteenth century was that amorphous blob called “the masses.” The masses were irrational, unpredictable, ungovernable, and extremely violent. From the construction of the wide boulevards in Paris to the castle-like armories across New York, the people in charge went out of their way to combat the […]

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Mucho ciberactivismo… pocos votos: Antanas Mockus y el Partido Verde colombiano

Por Omár Rincon: [ABSTRACT] El ex-alcalde de Bogotá Antanas Mockus y su «ola verde» constituyeron un auténtico caso de ciberactivismo en la campaña presidencial colombiana de 2010. Una ilusión democrática creada en internet convocó a jóvenes y ciudadanos sofisticados a cambiar un país sobre la base de la promesa de legalidad, pero la historia terminó […]

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The expropriation of time

By Robert Kurz: After the fall of the utopia of labor, the utopia of free time has also failed in a society that has transformed leisure into the accelerated consumption of commodities.  The last few years have witnessed the disgusting birth of a literature on the category of time. Radio programs and plays, academic seminars […]

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Focopolítica y Gubernamentalidad Neoliberal, las políticas sociales

Por Sonia Alvarez Leguizamón: El nuevo arte de gobernar, de la gubernamentalidad neoliberal, está constituido por una nueva tecnologia de gobierno que conforma una “nueva economía”, basada en el ahorro de energía del Estado caracterizada por el marcaje de poblaciones de riesgo. Tiene como preocupación la gestiõn, control y producción de saberes especializados sobre esas […]

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