Response to María Inés Fernández Álvarez: “Building from heterogeneity: the decomposition and recomposition of the working class viewed from the “popular economy” in Argentina”
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María Inés Fernández Álvarez has offered a thought-provoking sketch of the organizational basis and goals of an Argentinian movement to address the complex group of unemployed, underemployed, self-employed, and precarious workers, CTEP. The first of these, the organizational basis, provides grounds for hope among those marginalized from the spoils of capitalist accumulation; the second gives cause for concern.
In terms of organization, Fernández focuses on CTEP’s strategic use of the concept of the “popular economy” which manages to gain salience among people very differently situated so that they can join in common cause. Thus, she argues, CTEP makes the heterogeneous nature of the precise forms of exploitation and immiseration experienced by people into a strength. This achievement of institutionalized collective purpose is significant in the current context of the shattering of the working class into ever more diverse, fragmented, and contingent objects of exploitation through...
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