‘Communism or Feudalism?’ by Jodi Dean | London Critical Theory Summer School 2021


How do we describe contemporary capitalism? Is our present even rightly described as capitalist? This lecture poses the hypothesis that capitalism is turning into neofeudalism. It draws out four features of neofeudalism: fragmentation (and extra-economic coercion); new lords and serfs; hinterlandization (and the crises of social reproduction); the affective elements of catastrophism and mysticism.

This is a recording from 28th June 2021. Run by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, the internationally renowned London Critical Theory Summer School enables graduate students and academics to engage in a two-week course of study with acclaimed critical thinkers.

Jodi Dean is an American political theorist and professor in the Political Science department at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York state.

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