Jason Moore - "Capitalism in the Web of Life" - 3CT + Critical Historical Studies

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Finance. Climate. Food. Work. How are the crises of the twenty-first century connected?

Join the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT), Critical Historical Studies, and the Seminary Co-op Bookstore for a discussion with Jason W. Moore about capitalism as a “world-ecology.” Capitalism, Moore argues, has drawn accumulation, power, and nature into a set of contradictions that, over the long run, threaten the food supply and imperil the world’s climate.

Jan 12 @ 6pm - Author Conversation  / Capitalism in the Web of Life at Sem Co-op (Bill Sewell to introduce)

Jan 13 @ 6pm - Jason will workshop some work in progress with Social Theory Workshop group in Wilder House
RSVP HERE for the event at the Co-op

About the book: In Capitalism in the Web of Life, Jason W. Moore argues that the sources of today’s global turbulence have a common cause: capitalism as a way of organizing nature, including human nature. Drawing on environmentalist, feminist, and Marxist thought, Moore offers a groundbreaking new synthesis: capitalism as a “world-ecology” of wealth, power, and nature. Capitalism’s greatest strength—and the source of its problems—is its capacity to create Cheap Natures: labor, food, energy, and raw materials. That capacity is now in question. Rethinking capitalism through the pulsing and renewing dialectic of humanity-in-nature, Moore takes readers on a journey from the rise of capitalism to the modern mosaic of crisis. Capitalism in the Web of Life shows how the critique of capitalism-in-nature—rather than capitalism and nature—is key to understanding our predicament, and to pursuing the politics of liberation in the century ahead.

About the author: Jason W. Moore is assistant professor of sociology at Binghamton University, and coordinator of the World-Ecology Research Network. He writes frequently on the history of capitalism in Europe, Latin America, and the United States, from the long sixteenth century to the neoliberal era. His research has been recognized with the Braverman Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (1999); the Bernstein and Byres Prize in Agrarian Studies (2011); the Distinguished Scholarship Award of the American Sociological Association’s Political Economy of the World-System Section (2002, and 2011 honorable mention); and the Alice Hamilton Prize of the American Society for Environmental History (2004).

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637