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Capitalist unrealism: Countering the crisis of critique and imagination

Introduction: Capitalism, unpacked

How does capitalism – in its various guises – capture the value that we produce in society? There are many ways to answer this question, because capitalism has many ways to extract value from us (Chertkovskaya et al., 2016; Hanlon, 2017). On the surface, everything seems above board. Businesses erect factories and offices for us to work in; workers sign contracts and receive wages for their daily efforts; and shareholders put in the capital and get a return on their investments. But below the surface, things are not quite so straightforward.

Capitalist unrealism: Countering the crisis of critique and imagination

Rejecting capitalism is like living out Don Michael Corleone’s famous phrase from The Godfather Part III: ‘Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in’. Traditionally, capitalism has used violence to lay claim to everything that escapes from it. But today this violence is complemented by more insidious forms of coercion that are based as much on seduction and pleasure as they are on cruelty and oppression. We now work for capitalism as much in our free time as we do when we are being paid – not because we have to, but because we want to.

Refugees and the transformation of societies: A roundtable discussion

The CBS Public-Private Platform, the cluster on Diversity and Difference and the European Haniel Program on Entrepreneurship & the Humanities are happy to invite you to a roundtable discussion on the topic ‘Refugees and the Transformation of Society’. Following the event, the journal ephemera: theory & politics in organization will announce a call for papers for a special issue focusing on the topics of the roundtable discussion.

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