S08E01: Nan­cy Fras­er on “Can­ni­bal Capitalism” 

This episode explores the pit­falls of under­stand­ing cap­i­tal­ism as a mere­ly eco­nom­ic sys­tem. How does this nar­row con­ven­tion­al view obscure dis­tinct sources of non-eco­nom­ic wealth? And what is revealed by exam­in­ing cap­i­tal­ism instead as a social order includ­ing aspects of expro­pri­a­tion, domes­tic labor and deple­tion of nature? Final­ly, why must pro­gres­sive social move­ments rec­og­nize the com­mon roots of struc­tur­al prob­lems against which they struggle?

Guest fea­tured in this episode:

Nan­cy Fras­er is a pro­fes­sor of phi­los­o­phy and pol­i­tics at The New School for Social Research in New York. She has been one of the fore­most author­i­ties in sev­er­al fields: social and polit­i­cal the­o­ry, fem­i­nist the­o­ry, con­tem­po­rary French and Ger­man thought. From her first book, Unruly Prac­tices: Pow­er, Dis­course, and Gen­der in Con­tem­po­rary Social The­o­ry, pub­lished in 1989 through Fem­i­nist Con­tentions: A Philo­soph­i­cal Exchange, which she co-authored with Sey­la Ben­hab­ib, Judith But­ler and Dru­cil­la Cor­nell, all the way to For­tunes of Fem­i­nism, and Fem­i­nism for the 99%: A Man­i­festo, Nan­cy Fras­er has made invalu­able con­tri­bu­tions to fem­i­nist crit­i­cal the­o­ry.
Her most recent works are about cap­i­tal­ism. In 2018, she pub­lished Cap­i­tal­ism: A Con­ver­sa­tion in Crit­i­cal The­o­ry, co-authored with Rahel Jaeg­gi, The Old is Dying and the New Can­not be Born, in 2019, and in 2022, Can­ni­bal Cap­i­tal­ism: How Our Sys­tem is Devour­ing Democ­ra­cy, Care, and the Plan­et – and What Can We Do About It.


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.