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The Sam Aaronovitch political writing prize
Alison Wolf, King's College London Davidson
Danny Dorling,Sheffield University
Fred Robinson, Keith Shaw, and Gill Davidson
New Political Writing Prize 2005
Winners of the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust/New
Statesman Prize for New Political Writing on the subject:
Do women’s rights remain the privilege of the developed world?
First: Racheal Walker
Second: Verity Johnson
Third: Sarah Solemani and Tanya Angerer
Unfortunately the lecture is postponed indefinitely, as Kathy Boudin is no longer able to travel in May due to a health issue. We hope that the event will take place later in the year, so please add your name to the Eventbrite waitlist if you would like to hear the details when they are available
This year’s annual Barry Amiel
and Norman Melburn Trust lecture will be delivered by Kathy Boudin - Columbia
University Professor and co-founder of the Center for Justice at Columbia
University, U.S. advocate for ending mass incarceration, and former Weather
With 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prison population, the United States is the leading incarcerator in the world. In America’s so-called ‘justice' system, upwards of 80,000 people are now kept in solitary confinement, life sentences and life without parole are on the increase, and a new generation of ‘super-max’ prisons have beendesigned to minimize social contact between prisoners, a disproportionate majority of whom are African-American men.
How did this grossly unjust, racist and dehumanising system arise? What kind of economic and political interests keep it in place? What are the consequences for the particular communities most impacted by it, and for the wider American public? And what are the possibilities for its deconstruction?
The current sense of crisis–in economy, ecology, politics, and society is prompting many critical theorists to revisit the problem of capitalism. I salute this return to core issues of social theory after a period of neglect. But received understandings of capitalism are not adequate to 21st century conditions. I propose, accordingly, to re-examine a basic theoretical question: How is capitalism best conceptualized - as an economic system, a form of ethical life, or an institutionalized social order? To answer this question, I will integrate some relatively familiar concepts from Marx with newer insights from feminist, ecological, and political theorizing. Whereas Marx sought the essence of capitalism by looking beneath the sphere of exchange to the “hidden abode” of production, I shall look behind production to abodes that are more hidden still. The result will be an expanded conception of capitalism able better to accommodate the multiplicity of crisis tendencies and social struggles that characterize the 21st century.
Nancy Fraser is Henry A. and
Louise Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for
Social Research in New York. An Einstein Fellow at the John F Kennedy
Institute, Free University of Berlin, she also holds the Chair in «Global
Justice» at the Collège d’études mondiales,
1996: Eric Hobsbawm
Identity Politics and the Left
1998: Noam Chomsky
Power in The Global Arena
2000: Tom Nairn
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