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Crisis Theory for Anticapitalists : Crises of Accumulation

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This course provides an introduction to social crisis with a focus on the present. We imagine five sessions. 1) Introduction, reading Anwar Shaik's discussion of various theories of crisis 2) Detailed discussion of "underconsumptionist" theories, including Luxemburg and Harvey 3) Detailed discussion of "profit squeeze" theories, Brenner, and Italian autonomists 4) Ecological crisis and capitalism 5) Detailed discussion of crisis of accumulation While the course's approach is mostly through a critique of political economy, we will also address the relationship of capitalist and ecological crisis. We'll start with an introduction to leading crisis theories, their strengths and limits, and the central question of whether the causes of crisis are internal or external to capital. We will also try to situate crisis theory in relation to other significant contemporary concerns: immaterial and affective labor, communization, ecology, financialization, and more. This course will be facilitated by Joshua Clover, Neil Larsen, and others to be announced.

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 19:00
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There are now readings for the "Crises of Accumulation" class (June 7) online at

For some reason, I cannot find the FB page for this session, or for any others, so that's presently of no use to me for posting readings. I've emailed David Brazil and informed him that the readings (minus a few more still to come) are online at the crisis theory blog above and asking him to send out the links or attachments to those on the Public School list for this class -- something I don't think I can just do myself.  If there's anyone else reading this who CAN link readings and this website, that would be a match made in...a nice, worldly place.  -Neil Larsen



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