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Some questions about work, labour, agency and class in Jason Moore’s capitalist world-ecology

Henry Bernstein
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Published Online: 2017-10-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zksp-2017-0014


This brief paper suggests some puzzles, lacunae and questions concerning four of the key terms in Jason Moore’s Capitalism in the Web of Life: work, labour, agency and class. There are connections between the issues identified, especially in relation to a ‘stereotypical’ notion of ‘fully’ proletarian labour deployed by Moore, agency in the ‘work’ of human and non-human natures, and questions of class and class struggle.

Keywords: ecology; capitalism; capital-centrism; agency; class


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Published Online: 2017-10-17

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Citation Information: Zeitschrift für kritische Sozialtheorie und Philosophie, Volume 4, Issue 1-2, Pages 296–305, ISSN (Online) 2194-5640, ISSN (Print) 2194-5632, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zksp-2017-0014.

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