"Capitalism and its Discontents: Exploring the Dark Side"

Dr. Bill Carroll (Dept. of Sociology, UVic)

Tuesday, April 19th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm (Doors at 7:00!) at Solstice Cafe (529 Pandora Avenue)

Admission is $4 for Wayward School members ($8 non-members)

Celebrated as an engine of efficiency and consumer choice, capitalism contains a dark side that is unacknowledged in mainstream economics. This lecture/workshop explores two key mechanisms at the heart of the capitalist economy, which generate economic disparities and psycho-cultural discontent. We will construct a play-dough economy to illustrate what lies beneath the joy of shopping.

William Carroll - imageLecturer Bio:

Bill Carroll’s research interests are in the areas of social movements and social change, the political economy of corporate capitalism, and critical social theory and method. A member of the Sociology Department at the University of Victoria since 1981, and a founding participant in the Graduate Program in Cultural, Social and Political Thought, he currently directs UVic’s Interdisciplinary Minor/Diploma Program in Social Justice Studies. Recent books include The Making of a Transnational Capitalist Class (2010, Zed Books) and Corporate Power in a Globalizing World (revised edition 2010, Oxford University Press).

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