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Lecture: Capitalism in the Web of Life // Jason Moore

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Cheap Food and Bad Climate: Capitalism in the Web of Life

Description: Finance. Climate. Food. Work. How are the crises of the twenty-first century connected? Join the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory and Critical Historical Studies for a discussion with Jason W. Moore about capitalism as a “world-ecology.” Capitalism, Moore argues, has drawn accumulation, power, and nature into a set of contradictions that, over the long run, threaten the food supply and imperil the world’s climate. 

Bio: Jason W. Moore is assistant professor of sociology at Binghamton University, and coordinator of the World-Ecology Research Network. He writes frequently on the history of capitalism in Europe, Latin America, and the United States, from the long sixteenth century to the neoliberal era. His research has been recognized with the Braverman Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (1999); the Bernstein and Byres Prize in Agrarian Studies (2011); the Distinguished Scholarship Award of the American Sociological Association’s Political Economy of the World-System Section (2002, and 2011 honorable mention); and the Alice Hamilton Prize of the American Society for Environmental History (2004).

This event is co-sponsored by the Seminary Co-Op, Verso Books, the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT) and Critical Historical Studies.  This event is free and open to the public.  If you need assistance to attend, please contact

About the book: In Capitalism in the Web of Life, Jason W. Moore argues that the sources of today’s global turbulence have a common cause: capitalism as a way of organizing nature, including human nature. Drawing on environmentalist, feminist, and Marxist thought, Moore offers a groundbreaking new synthesis: capitalism as a “world-ecology” of wealth, power, and nature. Capitalism’s greatest strength—and the source of its problems—is its capacity to create Cheap Natures: labor, food, energy, and raw materials. That capacity is now in question. Rethinking capitalism through the pulsing and renewing dialectic of humanity-in-nature, Moore takes readers on a journey from the rise of capitalism to the modern mosaic of crisis. Capitalism in the Web of Life shows how the critique of capitalism-in-nature—rather than capitalism and nature—is key to understanding our predicament, and to pursuing the politics of liberation in the century ahead.

About Critical Historical Studies: Critical Historical Studies is a new interdisciplinary journal devoted to historical reflections on politics, culture, economy, and social life, edited by Moishe Postone and William Sewell (3CT Fellows), and Andrew Sartori (New York University). CHS features research on the implications of socio-economic transformations for cultural, political, and social change. In the broad tradition of Critical Theory, CHS explores the complex connections between cultural forms and socio-economic context while promoting a reflexive awareness of the researcher’s own position in the history of global capitalist society.