Supplementary content

Blogging guidelines and suggestions

Students must write five posts by the end of the semester, May 14 (our final class), at least two by the midterm (March 17).  Posts should engage concepts and theories from the course.  Below are links to supplementary content — videos, podcasts, and other texts — organized by theorist.


“Marx Was Right: Five Surprising Ways Karl Marx Predicted 2014,” Sean McElwee, Rolling Stone, 1/30/2014

“Everything You Wanted to Know about Marx but Were Afraid  to Ask Gucci Mane,” Malcolm Harris, Jacobin

* Audio: Thinking Allowed (BBC Radio4) on “Alienation,” 8/30/2010 (30 min).

* Video: “RSA Animate – Crises of Capitalism,” June 2010 (11 min). David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center, compares different genres of explanations for the 2008 financial crisis, arguing that a Marxist framework explains the problem best.

* Video: “Rick Wolff on Capitalism and Systemic Crisis,” (5 min).  In this video, shot sometime in late 2011 at an Occupy Wall Street assembly in lower Manhattan, economist Rick Wolff (U-Mass and New School) asks whether the “individual” or the “system”  is to blame for our current crisis.

* Video: “Thoroughly Modern Marx, Pt.1,” Real News Network interviews Leo Panitch, Professor of Political Science, York University on the revived interest in the theories of Marx.

* Video: “Is Capitalism Doomed?,” Real News Network interviews Gerry Epstein, Co-Director, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 8/19/2011 (9 min).

* Video: “Communist Manifesto Teach-in @ Occupy Chi,” 10/16/2011 (7 min). A St. Xavier prof makes the case for the ongoing relevance of the “Manifesto” and situates the question of exploitation in today’s universities.

* Text: “I, Capitalist (accounts from a life under the empire),” (T. Smith) Slingshot, Issue #109, 2012.   A first-person narrative on growing up and making one’s way around and “under” capitalism.

* Text: “Thirty More Years of Hell” (Connor Kilpatrick) Jacobin, 2/6/2012.  A “Millennial Manifesto”?


* Audio (in-class): Thinking Allowed (BBC) on “Durkheim and Financial Collapse,” 10/8/2008 (30 min)

* Video (in-class): “Even Critics of the Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It,” New York Times, 2/11/2012.

“Suicides Rose Worldwide After 2008 Economic Crisis: Study,” HealthDay, 9/18/2013

“Suicide: Facts at a Glance, 2012” (CDC, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention)

* Audio: “Why Are Young Latinas at Risk?,” Talk of the Nation, NPR, 8/29/2006.

* Audio: “Economic Crisis, Unemployment Take Emotional Toll,’ (Alix Spiegel) All Things Considered, NPR, 2/13/2009 (8 min).

* Video: “Collapse of the Celtic Tiger,” People and Power, Al Jazeera English, 1/19/2012 (25 min). The housing boom & bust, financial crisis, and its social aftermath (hopelessness, suicide, etc.) in Ireland.

* Video: “Casualties of the Crisis – Greece,” Journeyman Pictures, February 2012 (29 min).  This report looks at the human fallout of the country’s financial crisis and austerity regime from the varied perspectives of differently situated people. Of special interest is the last part (starting around 23:00) focused on the island of Ikaria. Long cut off from the capitalist, consumer-oriented economy of the rest of the country, the island has scarcely felt the crisis.  Residents articulate a shared sense of “solidarity,” which they link to Ikaria’s communal organization.

* Text: “Army of Altruists: On the Alienated Right to Do Good,” (D. Graeber) Harper’s, Jan. 2007.


* Audio: Thinking Allowed (BBC Radio4) on “Disenchantment,” 8/23/10 (28 min).

* Video: “Status Anxiety” (Alain De Botton, 2004)

* Audio: “Mobility to Higher Education,” (panel on social mobility and higher education at University of Bedfordshire, UK) Thinking Allowed, BBC4 1/4/2010 (30 min).

* Video: (in-class) “House of Sand and Fog” (2003)

Veblen, Gramsci

* Text: Tressie McMillan Cottom, “Why Do Poor People ‘Waste’ Money on Luxury Goods?,” TPM Cafe: Opinion, 11/5/13.

* Video: “Chris Lehmann and Thomas Frank: Rich People Things,” GritTV, 12/3/2010 (13 min)


* Audio: “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Suspense Radio, 1943 (19 min).

* Text: Katie J.M. Baker, “Cockblocked by Redistribution: A Pick-up Artist in Denmark,” Dissent, Fall 2013.

* Audio: “The Wealth Gap,” (interview w/ Mariko Chang, author of Short-Changed: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done About It) Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC, NPR, 3/24/2010 (15 min).

* Text: Kate Losse, “Feminism’s Tipping Point: Who Wins from Leaning in?,” Dissent, 3/26/2013.  Losse, author of The Boy Kings, about the five years she spent working at Facebook, reviews the book, Lean In:  Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Facebook executive, Sheryl Sandberg.


* Video: Seoul Fashion Week: K-Pop to Double Eyelid Surgery, VICE Fashion Week Internationale. (More videos on the Vice Fashion playlist.)

* Text: “A Black Crip’s Perspective on Fashion and Embodied Resistance,” by Eddie Ndopu, The Feminist Wire, February 26, 2013.

Du Bois

* Text: “The Donald Sterling Supremacism No One’s Talking About,” Jesse Meyerson, Notes on a Theory, 4/30/2014

* Audio: “Donald Sterling Thinks He Owns Basketball Players, But He Really DOES Own the NAACP,” Bruce Dixon, Black Agenda Report, 4/30/2014

* Video: “W.E.B. Du Bois vs Booker T. Washington – Then and Now,” Real News, 2/20/2013.  Anthony Monteiro: Feb. 23, 2013 is the 145th anniversary of the birth of Du Bois, considered a founder of the civil rights movement and father of Pan-Africanism.

* Video: “Legal Scholar Michelle Alexander on The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Democracy Now, 3/11/2011 (11 min).

* Text: “America’s New Jim Crow System,” (M. Alexander), The Guardian, 3/31/2011.


* Video: “Dubstep Rebellion – The British Banlieue Comes to Millbank,” (P. Mason) BBC Newsnight, 12/9/2010 (5 min).

* Video: “Reading the Riots: ‘It was a war, and we had the police scared’,” The Guardian, 12/5/2011 (18 min).

* Report: Reading the Riots: Investigating England’s Summer of Disorder, The Guardian and London School of Economics

* Video: England Riots – Maps and Timeline, “How the Unrest Spread,” BBC News. Browse the timeline and click images for video/photos of the events that took place in August 2011 in cities across England.


* Text: A. Marvasti “Being Middle Eastern American: Identity Negotiation in the Context of the War on Terror,” Symbolic Interaction Vol. 28, Number 4, 2005, pp. 525–547.

* Video: “England riots: ‘The whites have become black’ says David Starkey,” BBC Newsnight, 8/12/2011.

* Blog: “Drawing Blood: Being a Poor Person in America,” Post-Swag Poetics

* Video: Lady Sovereign Interview – ‘Chavs’ Documentary (4 min)

* Video: Chavs Author Owen Jones Returns to Stockport, The Guardian, 7/25/2011 (6 min)


* Video: European Colonial Empires 1492-2008 (1 min)



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