Critical Sociology (Crit Sociol)

Publisher: University of Oregon. Dept. of Sociology, SAGE Publications

Journal description

Critical Sociology publishes articles from all perspectives within a broad definition of critical or radical social science.The journal grew out of tumultuous times of the late 1960s and was a byproduct of the "Sociology Liberation Movement," which erupted at the 1969 meetings of the American Sociological Association.It has published work mainly within the broadest boundaries of the Marxist tradition, although it has also been home to postmodern, feminist, and other radical arguments. It will continue in this fashion and preserves its position as one of a select few "alternative" social science journals with widespread recognition and respect in the world of "mainstream" social science.

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Website Critical Sociology website
Other titles Critical sociology
ISSN 0896-9205
OCLC 17335079
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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SAGE Publications

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    • Publisher last reviewed on 29/07/2015
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  • No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · Critical Sociology
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    ABSTRACT: David Fasenfest The Strange Fruit of Racist ViolenceCritical SociologySeptember 2015 41: 913-920, first published onMay 12, 2015 doi:10.1177/0896920515585151
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    ABSTRACT: This article focuses on the facilitation, consent and consumption of state violence, as an aspect of the state’s hegemonic control in the current stage of neoliberal capitalism. We suggest that the commoditized symbols of state violence are a part of everyday life for millions within the United States and are embedded within ideologies of nationalism–national security, supported and reinforced through consumerism. The consumption (figuratively and literally) within the confines of neoliberalism is disconnected from the actual course of state violence, facilitating their own pacification while giving consent to hegemonic control. In this sense, the population’s consumption becomes more than pacification and consent, but rather an active constituent in the production and reproduction of state violence: making it the accepted and banal violence of the spectacle.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Critical Sociology
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    ABSTRACT: Marx’s (1844) estranged labor manuscript maps processes that stultify spontaneous human relations under the division of labor in the regime of capital accumulation. For Marx, negating absolutes would put ‘Man’ back on its natural trajectory toward positive freedom. Such evacuation of mediating ‘substances’ results in either frivolity or pragmatic barbarism rather than positive freedom. Marx’s political imaginary rejected philosophical mysticism but overlooked finer points of Hegel’s dialectic that contribute to an immanent critique of Marxist political ideology. Missing from Marx’s thought is the logic of post-capitalist mediation and a trace of the subjective modalities that correspond with the objective forms of alienation. Lacking an adequate psychology, Marx did not see that he had constructed a communism that mirrored the subjective spirit of bourgeois society. We draw upon philosophical, sociological, and psychoanalytic currents to remap the genome of Marxist political philosophy with a Whitmanesque imaginary congenial to free, poetic social mediation.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Critical Sociology
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    ABSTRACT: What does it mean to read Stuart Hall from South Africa, in relation to South Africa, and with South Africa in mind? This paper engages ‘what’s left of the debate’ between Marxism and postcolonialism as politico-theoretical projects by refusing the opposition of compartmentalized scholarly fields, and by positing a conjunctural postcolonial-postsocialist praxis necessary for interpreting contemporary South Africa (as elsewhere.) Drawing on Hall’s notion of ‘moments’ as both spatial and temporal, and assembled in the work of representation, I draw together insights from three moments in Hall’s work: his foundational essay for the apartheid predicament, ‘Race, Articulation and Societies Structured in Dominance’; the collectively written Policing the Crisis and particularly its remarkable conclusion which speaks to the criminalization of poor people’s struggles; and his later thoughts on ‘the end of innocence’ with respect to coalitional Black politics. Reflecting on aspects of my research on 20th-century Durban, I suggest why these three moments must be seen in relation to each other, as a constellation that points, through the legacies of the Black Radical Tradition, to as yet unnamed postcolonial-postsocialist Marxisms of the future.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Critical Sociology
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    ABSTRACT: This article provides an introduction to the special issue, ‘Marxism and Postcolonial Theory: What’s Left of the Debate?’ It casts a critical glance at the long history of engagements between Marxism and postcolonial theory that have been both collaborative and antagonistic. The authors argue that far from materializing the end of either postcolonial theory or of Marxist approaches, these exchanges have been productive and have underscored the continuing currency of both, pointing to ways that go beyond the impasse. The article also provides a critical overview of the debates within different disciplines and suggests new and creative ways of reconceptualizing Marxism and postcolonial theory for the current conjuncture.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Critical Sociology
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    ABSTRACT: While scholars have shown how ‘color-blind racism’ functions as the dominant form of racist discourse in the post-Civil Rights era, few have interrogated how this logic operated before the advent of US Civil Rights, or how ethno-racial groups such as Puerto Ricans exist in an unique and liminal position and have been subject to color-blind racist discourse. The authors explore the construction of Puerto Rican identity during the pre-Civil Rights: a time rife with color-blind American paternalism over the supposed cultural dysfunctions of the Puerto Rican diaspora, an era of mass Puerto Rican emigration to the US, and a moment when Puerto Rico underwent a political change. The authors employ a content analysis of The New York Times (1948 to 1958) in order to investigate the relationship between the discursive construction of Puerto Rican identity and the flagship newspaper’s use of nationalist and racialized cultural schemata.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Critical Sociology

  • No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Critical Sociology
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    ABSTRACT: The 2013 publication of Vivek Chibber’s book Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital has reignited debates over the relative merits and demerits of Marxism and postcolonialism. This article reviews the debate and raises some critical questions about Chibber’s engagement with questions pertaining to universalism and capitalist development. Focusing on Chibber’s critique of Dipesh Chakrabarty’s Provincializing Europe, the article contends that whereas Chibber is right in arguing for a concept of universal history, the approach he offers towards this end pushes in the direction of Eurocentrism. As an alternative, the article proposes the possibility of crafting passages from Marxism to postcolonialism in order to move beyond Eurocentrism in the historical-sociological study of capitalist development.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Critical Sociology
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    ABSTRACT: Although Frantz Fanon’s work has been widely read and discussed in recent years, his contributions are often abstracted from its debt to Marxist theory and Hegelian philosophy. This paper seeks to correct this by re-examining his approach to issues of recognition, identity, and self-consciousness in Black Skin, White Masks in light of contemporary issues of racism and ethnic identity. Fanon departs from Hegel in many respects, especially concerning his understanding of the nature of the ‘master/slave’ relations that are structured along racial lines. He also seeks to go beyond Marx by providing a psycho-affective as against a primarily economic analysis of exploitation and alienation. Instead of representing a departure of the dialectical tradition, however, Fanon’s insights on these and other issues represent a crucial extension and concretization of it in light of the realities of his lived experience.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Critical Sociology
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    ABSTRACT: Scholars developing a concept they call the ‘human rights enterprise’ suggest a theory of human rights guaranteed, in some cases, by social movements from below and often against the wishes of the state. This article draws on data from an ethnography conducted in a small Food Not Bombs collective to critically assess the radical potential and pitfalls of the claims made by scholars promoting the human rights enterprise and the social movement organizations using the language of ‘rights’ to frame their direct action-oriented praxis.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Critical Sociology

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    ABSTRACT: In the late 20th century, two thirds of American states enacted policies to limit the growth of local property tax revenues. We examine the effects of property tax limitations on the effective property tax rates reported by homeowners of different racial and ethnic groups in the United States. We find that property tax limitations reduce the effective property tax rates of homeowners regardless of their race and ethnicity, but that most forms of property tax limitation exacerbate racial inequality, providing the greatest reduction in effective tax rates to white homeowners. In the aggregate, these inequalities result in substantially unequal tax savings that might not survive democratic scrutiny if they were distributed as direct subsidies. This inequality may be especially problematic insofar as tax privileges for property owners effectively disguise a public benefit as a private property right.
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    ABSTRACT: This article asks two questions: for immigrants, how is an exploitative labor market constituted, and how do immigrant employees and employers understand exploitation involving co-ethnics? Taking ethnic Chinese immigrants (PRC-Chinese, Taiwanese, Hong Kongese) as an example, this article examines employer hiring strategies, employee economic rationales, cultural perceptions, and the work experiences of ethnic Chinese migrant workers who find work in the informal sector in Australia. This article argues that language barriers, relatively higher earnings than home countries, the flexibility of cash-in-hand jobs, and the low expectation that job-seekers have of co-ethnic employers increase the willingness of ethnic Chinese migrants to work in the cash economy. On the other hand, employers look for an ‘obedient’ employee and create the image of a ‘good boss’ to decrease the expression of hostile emotions from their employees. Considering how economic factors and mutual cultural perceptions are embedded and reflected in the informal labor market, this article concludes that co-ethnic exploitation is formulated and justified by both employers and employees in Australia.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Critical Sociology
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    ABSTRACT: Approximately 50 percent of the world’s Palestinians reside in the diaspora, territorially disconnected from occupied Palestine, but no less part of a population so often associated with political resistance. This article asks: how do Palestinians living in the UK express resistance to the military occupation of their homeland? In what ways are such expressions of resistance shaped by social processes specific to such a context? It makes the case for a more nuanced analysis of resistance amongst Palestinians living in the UK, framed by understandings of (post)colonialism. Through a qualitative analysis of ethnographic interviews with Palestinians residing in Manchester and Edinburgh in 2013, I begin by outlining a postcolonial context in the UK characterized by an Orientalism that Palestinians are forced to negotiate. I then spotlight ‘storytelling’ as an important instance of everyday resistance within (post)colonial settings, suggesting that storytelling might allow Palestinians to negotiate their resistance against the various constraints of life in the UK. The findings challenge notions of ‘violence’ and collectivity traditionally associated with Palestinian resistance, pointing towards a need to reconceptualize everyday diasporic resistance in light of often complex, context-specific interactions.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Critical Sociology