Sunday, August 20, 2017

TCC in Asia & Oceania: Research in Political Economy

The scholarly journal Research in Political Economy has published my newest article: "Transnational Capitalist Class and Relations of Production in Asia and Oceania".   You can download the full article here.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Critical Sociology reviews Asia/Oceania Volume

Alexius A. Pereira, a researcher in Singapore (who received his Ph.D. at LSE), has published an excellent review of my 2016 edited volume.  His review of Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania can be read here in Critical Sociology

Saturday, June 3, 2017

International election observer

    This weekend I am serving as part of an international election observer delegation working with the Mexican civil society organization “Ni un fraude más". We are investigating electoral processes in the State of Mexico as it undergoes an important gubernatorial election. Here is information in español about our mission, and the institutional and democratic crisis that Mexico faces.

Friday, April 28, 2017

New Op-Ed on Whiteness & the U.S. Political Scene

See Counterpunch for a new op-ed that I have co-authored : "The US Political Scene: Whiteness and the Legitimacy Crisis of Global Capitalism".  It also appears here in Spanish and here in French.

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Caribbean cruise ship business and the emergence of a transnational capitalist class

The Journal of World-Systems Research published today a new peer-reviewed journal article that I have authored. 

Through the context of the Caribbean region, this article examines the globalizing cruise ship business and its changing strategies for the exploitation of labor and local communities. You can read the article here.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

My new piece in Latin American Perspectives




The journal Latin American Perspectives has published my lengthy review of Caribbeanist Hilbourne Watson's excellent new monograph Globalization, Sovereignty and Citizenship in the Caribbean (published with the University of the West Indies Press).

The review also includes some thoughts on the contributions 
to the volume by other well-known Caribbean political economists, such as Alex Dupuy, Linden Lewis, and Anton L. Allahar. You can read the entire review here.  

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Interview on The Real News

I was interviewed today by The Real News Network on current events in Haiti and in relation to my earlier research on paramilitarism in the context of economic restructuring, social conflict, and political tensions in the country.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Haïti : le capitalisme des paramilitaires

La revue Période a publié mon nouvel article en français «Haïti : le capitalisme des paramilitaires». Avec une approche portant sur l'économie politique globale, cet article donne un aperçu et une mise à jour des informations contenues dans mon livre datant de 2012. Une version mise à jour et élargie est publiée dans América Latina en movimiento.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Upcoming talk at Cornell University


I will be giving a talk at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on Thursday, March 9, 4:30 pm, Founders Room, Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University. The talk is co-sponsored by CUSLAR (the Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations). The talk, titled "The Caribbean in the vortex of global capitalism" will be connected to a chapter in my forthcoming book The Caribbean and Global Capitalism.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Review in Journal of Asia Pacific Economy

The Journal of Asia Pacific Economy has published a review (by Oliver Turner) of my edited volume "Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania" (Routledge, 2015). You can read the entire review here.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A reply to the reviews of my 2012 book

        My 2012 book "Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti" provided a detailed documentation and investigation of paramilitarism in Haiti in the lead up to and following the 2004 coup d'état.   It looked at the manner in which paramilitary groups (and those facilitating them) altered from the Duvlierist era up through the early twenty first century, ensuring a reproduction of the coercive paramilitary apparatus. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Call for Papers: Paramilitarism in Global Perspective

See below the CFP for a new edited volume that I am co-editting:

The Political Violence of Capital: Paramilitary Formations
In Global Perspective

Editors: Jasmin Hristov, Jeb Sprague-Silgado and Aaron Tauss

         We are seeking proposals /abstracts of 500 words maximum for chapter contributions to the volume. We encourage submissions of proposals for works that address paramilitary violence in any part of the world. The deadline for submitting a proposal is December 1, 2016. Please include your full name, institutional affiliation, and current position in the same Word document as the abstract. Acceptance notification will be sent out by December 15. If accepted, contributors will be given a general list of guiding questions that should be addressed in their work and completed chapters would be due by March 15, 2017. 
     Please insert in the subject line of your email: “paramilitary proposal” and send your document as an attachment to: jasminmanaus[at]gmai[dot]com
      Paramilitary violence is a specific type of violence exercised by non-state actors and/or state agents operating outside the boundaries of legality, on behalf of economically and politically powerful social forces. Its objectives typically revolve around attacking social movements, activists, Leftist politicians and other individuals or groups who challenge the established social order, as well as facilitating land acquisition through the forced displacement of civilians from land of strategic economic importance. Paramilitary groups may also perform other functions such as ‘social cleansing’, and ‘protection’ of private property. Despite its anti-democratic character, over the past decades paramilitarism has evolved as a revamped strategy pursued by dominant groups and elites operating through different state apparatuses primarily in developing countries. Today paramilitary formations are present in varying degrees across the Americas and other areas worldwide. A central characteristic common to all is their alliance with capital and, frequently, a mutually supportive relationship with the state’s coercive apparatus and possibly other state institutions, ranging from complicity to active collaboration. In nations where economic elites are contesting reformist, nationalist, or Left-oriented governments, paramilitary groups have been used to destabilize the regime and undermine its popular support. As is well documented, paramilitary actors have been responsible for some of the most horrifying human rights violations and yet this type of violence is very poorly understood and investigated. In part, this has to do with the fact that paramilitaries are often categorized as “organized crime” which strips the political motivations and social consequences of their actions. 
     This edited volume examines the pervasive and persistent but little understood phenomenon of paramilitarism and its varying expressions throughout the world. Our aim is to reveal some of the most common features that characterize paramilitary groups such as: a)  use of violence to facilitate the accumulation of capital accumulation by transnational corporations and local companies integrated within the global  economy; b) engagement in human rights violations and illegal activities; c) attacks against social movements, Leftist organizations or individuals, and poor rural or urban communities; d)  collaboration with sectors of national and/or transnational state forces, e)  ‘security’ as an ideological cover, and f) a trend towards flexibilization and decentralization of forces. The objective is to compile empirically-oriented investigations that enable us to theorize and understand the role of paramilitaries in the processes of capitalist globalization and the increasing exacerbation of social inequalities. We are especially interested in demonstrating that although frequently the lines between paramilitarism and organized crime are blurry and fluid, paramilitary violence has comparatively much deeper implications and hence cannot simply be reduced to criminal activities. We are also open to exploring different possible configurations in the relationship between paramilitary groups, rival political factions, organized crime, and other actors. 

   

Sunday, August 14, 2016

亞洲及大洋洲的跨國資本主義階級和生產關係

A Mandarin Chinese version of my forthcoming article "Transnational capitalist class and relations of production in Asia and Oceania" is now published by the Taiwan/Hong Kong/mainland China based alternative media website Ground Breaking 破土 . It can be read here.    

Friday, May 6, 2016

New article with NACLA on the Dominican Republic

I have a new short article published with NACLA, titled "Polyarchy in the Dominican Republic: The Elite Versus the Elite". Read it here. I was also  interviewed on this topic on Latin Pulse.  An expanded version of the article in español appears in the Dominican media-worker cooperative El Grillo.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Review of 2015 edited volume with Routledge: Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania

       The Journal of World-Systems Research has published an excellent review by graduate student David Feldman of my 2015 edited volume (with Routledge) titled Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania.  Chapters in the book examined the shifting relations of production and productive forces under global capitalism through the context of East Asia, South Asia, and Oceania. It was made up of chapters submitted from the third biennial NCSGC conference in Brisbane, Australia in 2013.
         Feldman provides critical insights into the particularities of the findings in the chapters (and on differences between the authors' approaches); focusing in on the contradictions inherent in the growth of global capitalist relations.  He concludes by making a vital point (and criticism, as only two chapters dealt with this) that "gendered aspects of class and productive relations" need to be front and center in understanding the totality of production. He observes that: "transnational capital's lack of attention to the social reproduction of an ever-increasing number of strata in global society constitutes one of the key contradictions of the accumulation of capital today." Read the entire review here.

 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

New article published in the peer reviewed journal Caribbean Studies



Click here for a PDF of my new article published in the scholarly journal Caribbean Studies.  This is an altered version of one chapter in my recently completed Ph.D. dissertation: The Caribbean and Global Capitalism.  The article is titled: "From International to Transnational Mining: The Industry's Shifting Political Economy and the Caribbean". The English, Spanish, and French versions of the abstract are below. Click here for a URL link to the journal.




Thursday, January 21, 2016

New review of my 2012 book

Matthew Davidson, at the University of Miami, has written an excellent review of my 2012 book. You can read it here, on the website: Haiti: Then and Now.  

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Symposium on Paramilitarism in the Modern Americas, November 12-13

See below, for information on an upcoming symposium at the University of Arizona, where I will be presenting updated material related to my 2012 book and put forward a theoretical approach for understanding the "flexibilization" of paramilitarism in the context of global economic restructuring.




Tuesday, June 2, 2015

NEW BOOK: Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania

   Please ask your local librarian to order a copy of the new volume that I have published with Routledge.   See here for a PDF of my introductory chapter: "Global capitalism and transnational class formation in Asia and Oceania." 

The book gathers together papers presented at the second biennial conference of the Network for Critical Studies of Global Capitalism which took place at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia in July of 2013.