- May 2023
An analysis of the modern capitalist state that distinguishes between political society, which dominates directly and coercively, and civil society, where leadership is constituted through consent
What is the current separation of political and civil society in America in 2023? Do the differences in these two (particularly with respect to Antonio Gramsci's framing) still have distinguishing features?
the Prison Notebooks, contain Gramsci's tracing of Italian history and nationalism, as well as some ideas in Marxist theory, critical theory and educational theory associated with his name, such as: Cultural hegemony as a means of maintaining and legitimising the capitalist state The need for popular workers' education to encourage development of intellectuals from the working-class An analysis of the modern capitalist state that distinguishes between political society, which dominates directly and coercively, and civil society, where leadership is constituted through consent Absolute historicism A critique of economic determinism that opposes fatalistic interpretations of Marxism A critique of philosophical materialism
- Nov 2021
The Left’s Covid failure. (2021, November 23). UnHerd. https://unherd.com/2021/11/the-lefts-covid-failure/
- public health
- social media
- COVID passport
- working class
- political spectrum
- political affiliation
- Western society
- Oct 2021
Winter, T., Jose, P., Riordan, B., Bizumic, B., Ruffman, T., Hunter, J., Hartman, T. K., & Scarf, D. (2021). Left-wing support of authoritarian submission to protect against societal threat. PsyArXiv. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/hu9ef
Covid’s toxic divides could shape Europe for years, study says. (2021, September 1). The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/01/covid-toxic-divides-could-shape-europe-years-study
- Feb 2021
O’Dwyer, E. J., Beascoechea-Seguí, N., & Souza, L. S. (2020). Rehearsing post-Covid-19 citizenship: Social representations and social practices in UK mutual aid groups. PsyArXiv. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/v84mr
Baum, F., Freeman, T., Musolino, C., Abramovitz, M., Ceukelaire, W. D., Flavel, J., Friel, S., Giugliani, C., Howden-Chapman, P., Huong, N. T., London, L., McKee, M., Popay, J., Serag, H., & Villar, E. (2021). Explaining covid-19 performance: What factors might predict national responses? BMJ, 372, n91. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n91
- global health security
- safety net
- civil society
- South Korea
- Oct 2019
Liberal and Conservative Representations of the Good Society: A (Social) Structural Topic Modeling Approach
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- Nov 2015
Mbembe points out that often thefunction of awarding infrastructural projects has far more to do with gaining access to governmentcontracts and rewarding patron-client networks than it has to do with their technical function.This is why roads disappear, factories are built but never operated, and bridges go to nowhere.
Sounds like scheming for political gains.. This is easy to see in the work place or society when one befriends another or joins a certain group for political/hierarchal benefits rather than for the pure purpose of the action. African societies cannot be the only ones who follow these functional implementations of these infrastructural projects.