- Parent Category: Publications
Éditions Syllepse publie une version en français de la contribution de Au Loong Yu dans China's Rise: Strength and Fragility, numéro 54 de notre série "Notebooks for Study and Research". Voici la quatrième de couverture:
"Ces trente dernières années ont vu des bouleversements colossaux transformer ce pays.
Alors que la chute de l’URSS avait vu la disparition du Parti communiste et l’effondrement de sa mainmise sur la société, la bureaucratie chinoise au pouvoir a fait le choix d’entamer un « grand bond en avant » vers le capitalisme tout en maintenant le régime de fer d’État parti unique.
Au sommet de la société chinoise, des fortunes colossales se sont accumulées et la corruption est devenue endémique. En bas, l’exploitation s’est intensifiée et les dégâts sociaux et écologiques sont innombrables.
Dans cet ouvrage, Au Loog Yu revient sur ces transformations. Après avoir étudié les réformes mises en œuvre dans les années Deng Xiaoping, il se penche sur les contradictions qui agitent la bureaucratie chinoise. Il analyse les différentes formes de résistance sociale qui secouent, parfois violemment, le pays, car grèves et protestations se multiplient aujourd’hui.
Un mouvement social se fait jour. La Chine est à la veille de nouveaux bouleversements …"
- Parent Category: Publications
On invitation of TENK, a network of left-wing activists and scholars, Dutch socialist-feminist Anja Meulenbelt came to the IIRE to speak about her current project, a new book on the left and feminism.
Meulenbelt looked back at the second wave of feminism in the Netherlands in which she played a prominent role and her classic 1976 book 'Feminisme en Socialisme'.
She spoke about her vexation at much of the current 'women's movement' in the Netherlands; “My old books hold up reasonably well but need to be applied to current times.” She said much of current feminism only thinks within the limits of the current order; “something like making lists of the most powerful women of the country is totally contradictory to what the socialist-feminist movement stood for. Nowadays, we are dealing with a kind of 'CEO feminism' that criticizes women who don't fit the norm”.
She emphasized women are not a homogenous group, there are class differences, ethnic differences, differences in sexual orientation...
Another reference point was Meulenbelt's article on the political economy of care. Discussions on combining family care and wage labor remain relevant. The dominant expectation is still that men work full-time and women part-time. According to Meulenbelt, this points to an issue the Left too often avoids; even though in theory many men agree that the division of labor in the family should be equal between men and women, the reality is very different.
Many left-wing men don't consider their own role as men and according to Meulenbelt don't consider what they could gain from contesting the dominant notion of masculinity. She refers to the pressure to compete, machismo and homophobia et cetera. Men (and women) should contest a number of often unconscious assumptions in our culture.
Meulenbelt's introduction led to a lively discussion that will surely be continued!
- Parent Category: IIRE Activities
From the 20th to the 31st august 2013 the IIRE holds it's 8th Youth School. 23 young activists from eight different countries (Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, France, Spanish State, Sri Lanka, Mexico and Philippines) participate in the session. During these ten days, they live together, self organising the practical life in the institute, attending the lectures and discussing their content and the social and political situation in their different countries.
The IIRE staff is recording video and audios of the lectures, and posting them together with the reading materials for each day, thus making the school accesible to a wide audience.
Click "read more" to access the contents of the school.
- Towards the 6th Summer School on Black Europe: Interview with Kwame Nimako
- Support the IIRE's Women's Seminar
- Origine et nature du patriarcat: Une vision féministe – Nadia DE MOND
- Clean Clothes Campaign
- IIRE Second Ecology Seminar at the IIRE 1-3 March 2013
- New NSR: DANGEROUS LIAISONS The marriages and divorces of Marxism and Feminism