Rethinking Transitions: Where Is the "Universality" of Capitalism Located?

Saturday, 21 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC02 Economy and Society (host committee)

Language: English

Global capitalism has given rise to various problems for decades, which includes increasing social inequalities, broken social solidarities, environmental destruction and climate change, and so forth. One of causes for these problems can be derived from the crisis of capitalism such as the dysfunction of capital accumulation. Some scholars also assert that these phenomena should show the end of capitalism is now approaching, and they are designing the model of coming post-capitalism: solidarity economy, shared economy, community-based economy, and the like.

However, the debate on post-capitalism is lacking in examining how capitalism will end and post-capitalism will rise. In retrospect, capitalism was born, based on some conditions and overcoming many constraints, through transitions from former systems, and it can now appear to be “universal” or “omnipotent” in the world. Why can capitalism on earth obtain such “universality”? What are the causes of such “universality”? The origin of such “universality” should be considered again through examining various transitions, while the model of post-capitalism is elaborated.

     This session addresses various transitions to capitalism and from capitalism, and seeks out conditions and mechanisms for the “universality” of capitalism. The supposed topics will include followingsvarious transitions from pre-capitalist societies to capitalist ones in advanced or developing countries, transitions from socialist or communist societies to capitalist ones, the model of post-capitalism and its conditionality, and so on. The perspective can also be local, national or global, and empirical or historical, while theoretical consideration is better to be added.

Session Organizer:
Nobuyuki YAMADA, Komazawa University, Japan
Nobuyuki YAMADA, Komazawa University, Japan
Oral Presentations
Towards a Financialised Capitalism?: Evidences from Spain in the Context of Comparative Political Economy
Nazaret ABALDE, Department of Sociology. University of A Coruña, Spain; Matilde MASSO, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Capitalism As a Universal End and the Two Lives of the Queue
Pavel POSPECH, Masaryk university, Czech Republic
Administration of Things – Capitalism As Non-Government
Krzysztof SWIREK, Institute of Sociology, Warsaw University, Poland
A Re-Evaluation of Development As Modernization, Based on the Case of Iran
Cyrus YEGANEH, University of Art Tehran (UAT), Iran
Legal and Illegal Bounderies in the Socio-Econonomical Southern Italy Development
Letteria FASSARI, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy; Carmelo LOMBARDO, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
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