Questions on the Work and the Sociology of Work from the Global South Perspective - the Experience of Former “Second World”

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 10:45
Location: Seminarsaal 10 (Juridicum)
Oral Presentation
Vera VRATUSA, Belgrade University, Serbia
Stimulated by the context of exacerbation of systemic accumulation of capital crisis in world proportions after the historical turning point symbolized by tearing down the Berlin Wall, paper proposes to search for the answer to the following questions:

1)Have sociology of work “founding fathers” (Marx, Durkheim, Weber) transcended  their small bourgeois European background by inaugurating three main theoretical, methodological and practical political  research and policy strategies concerning conservation, reform or abolition of class division of human labor in worldwide or global proportions?

2) Is the process of so called globalization just a new word for classical violent re-colonization of material and human resources not only in former colonies of the former “Third World” but also in the former “Second World” of self-proclaimed really existing socialism, by financial oligarchy economically organized in IMF and WB, politically into Trilateral Comission and militarily into NATO, instigating wars and refugee crises ?

3)  What lessons can be learned from the failure of the four decades long attempt to realize elimination of class division of labor through integral self-management of workers at the workplace and consumers in the communities in non-aligned Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia?

4) Does “workers aristocracy” exist not only in the imperialist countries of the global North but also in the actually re-colonized Global South, making it difficult to self-organize worldwide resistance to violent re-colonization and privatization of all forms of common property?  

5) Are the most prosperous countries in Global South (BRICS) becoming the new hegemonic center of the world system of capitalist economy?