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Division: The New School for Social Research
Department: Historical Studies
Course Number: GHIS 5250
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course will look at capitalism from several different perspectives: historical, philosophical, sociological and economic among others. It will analyze the capital accumulation process under three rubrics: primitive accumulation, industrial society and the present epoch, variously termed disaccumulation, financialization and post-industrialism. It will question the problematic of social class in these different epochs and will consider the relation of capitalism to the family, the state and to the energic/material bases of social reproduction. We will also discuss the question of the culture of capitalism, what Max Weber called its “spirit.” The purpose of the course will be to develop a robust sense of what capitalism is, what it is not, and of the important concepts we need to rationally discuss it. The course will be group taught by Eli Zaretsky (History), Duncan Foley (Economics), Nancy Fraser (Political Science and Philosophy, Julia Ott (History) and others.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Not open to Undergraduate students.