By Stephan Lessenich

Three radical views at the critique of capitalism

For years, the critique of capitalism was once misplaced from public discourse; the very be aware “capitalism” appeared like a throwback to a different period. not anything should be farther from the reality this present day. during this new highbrow surroundings, Sociology, Capitalism, Critique is a contribution to the renewal of serious sociology, based on an empirically grounded analysis of society’s ills. The authors, Germany’s prime severe sociologists—Klaus Dörre, Stephan Lessenich, and Hartmut Rosa—share a conviction that ours is a pivotal interval of renewal, within which the collective endeavour of lecturers can volume to an act of highbrow resistance, operating to avoid any regressive improvement that will go back us to neoliberal domination.

The authors speak about key concerns, reminiscent of questions of accumulation and expropriation; self-discipline and freedom; and the robust new techniques of activation and acceleration. Their politically dedicated sociology, which takes the facet of the losers within the present problem, areas society’s destiny future health on the centre in their research.

Their collective method of this venture is a awake attempt to prevent co-optation within the institutional practices of the academy. those 3 differing yet complementary views function an insightful advent to the modern topics of radical sociology in capitalism’s post-crisis section.

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