With traditional labor organizations at perhaps their all-time weakest, and with union membership steadily dwindling, the labor movement has finally made room for women leaders, according to a recent article published in The Nation.
There may be more at stake, however, than a few past-due seats at a molding table. In the article, Verso author Jane McAlevey discusses how female labor-leaders like herself have been working to expand the demands of the movement.
Drawing on her own experience as a labor organizer, as well as research done for her recent book Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell), McAlevey insists on the necessity for a more holistic approach in the fight for labor justice.
“McAlevey’s approach blends the two realms, public and private life, which have historically been gendered—men go to work and care about wages, women stay home and care about the roof over their families’ heads and what’s for dinner. ‘If you want to contend for power, and workers need a lot more power than what they have in this country right now, we actually have to bring power to the table with us,’ McAlevey explains.”
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW OVER!!! ANSWERS ARE POSTED BELOW. WINNERS WILL BE CONTACTED IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.
Our fiendishly difficult Radical Thinkers competition is back, marking the publication of Set 8. You have the chance to win yourself a ready-made Radical Thinkers library - that's just under 100 books, with works from esteemed writers and theorists such as Althusser, Baudrillard, Adorno and Benjamin.
First launched in 2005, the collection has proven immensely popular, as we aim to provide affordable and beautifully designed editions of important works of theory and philosophy. Their signature mix of sleek design and critical content has been celebrated in the Guardian, Bookforum and the New Statesman, amongst others. This is a rare and wonderful opportunity to get your hand on the huge treasure trove of thought.
Two winners (one from the US/Canada and one from the rest of the world), will win all available titles in the eight series published so far.
Two runners up (one from the US/Canada and one from the rest of the world) will win all of Set 8.
Third prize will be a copy of The Left Hemisphere for two people (one from the US/Canada and one from the rest of the world).
How the competition works:
There will be eight questions in total, each relating to a title from Set 8 of the series. Up to two questions will be posted on Verso's website (blog section) every day at 4PM GMT from Tuesday 21st until Friday 24th. You have until Sunday 26th at 6pm to email us with all your correct answers from the questions posted all week. We will pick the winners and runners up, at random, from a hat.
Please note that all entries MUST be emailed by Sunday 26th at 6pm GMT in order to be eligible for the competition. The winners will be announced and all the answers will be posted on Monday 27th.
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The publication of Set 8 is being marked with a series of events at the ICA.
According to Edward Said, Israeli generals Moshe Dayan and Ariel Sharon claim what is the privileged Israeli science par excellence?
Examining womens' changing roles within the Soviet Union, Sheila Rowbotham claims that despite increasing access to traditionally male-dominated fields of engineering, women were socially and economically inferior. According to Rowbotham, what honour did Sputnik engineer Alla Masevich receive for her contribution to astronomy?
Answer: A symbolic passport to the moon, allowing Masevich to "move freely around cosmic space"
Baudrillard paraphrases Voltaire by saying that who would have to be invented, if they didn't already exist?
Answer: Jean Marie Le Pe-
Who is thanked at the beginning of Rose's Melancholy Science for her help with German translation?
Answer: Ulrike Meinhof
Which theorist do both Laclau and Mouffe suggest influenced them away from an Althusserian approach to Marxism?
Answer: Antonio Gramsci
Who suggested Edward Said should show some appreciation and thankfulness for the modern progress caused by imperialism?
Answer: Ernest Gellner
Which writer of the First World War later wrote a novel where the key theme comes from Stirner's The Ego and His Own?
Answer: Ernst Jünger
What form of political organisation does Lukács claim is a progression from the Second International, but tactically inferior to revolutionary Marxism?
Answer: Revolutionary syndicalism and industrialism
Ever since it was published in March 2013, Vivek Chibber’s devastating challenge to postcolonial theory in the guise of Subaltern Studies, Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital, has been the subject of fierce controversies. In a very recent review published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Thomas Thiel synthesizes the book’s numerous achievements as well as the questions it opens up.
When you decide to provide arms to a party with weapons, you've broken the laws of neutrality, and you've declared yourself to be on the side of the party you're arming. It's simply untrue and illogical to say that [the US is] an honest broker to this conflict when we're weaponizing Israel.
The United States is the country of close reading, so I don't expect this idea to be particularly popular. But the trouble with close reading (in all of its incarnations, from the new criticism to deconstruction) is that it necessarily depends on an extremely small cannon... At bottom, it's a theological exercise-- very solemn treatment of very few texts taken very seriously-- whereas what we really need is a little pact with the devil: we know how to read texts, now let's learn how not to read them.