area of interest

Starting with “globalization” in the 1990s, the unprecedented transnational mobility of capital put pressure on individual nation-states to abide by the universal rules of “human rights” (first and foremost the right to private property and to the freedom of enterprise) and thereby promoted a measure of democratic development around the world. While the early phase of globalization led to the rise of “identity politics,” in recent years there has been a revival of “class politics,” increased visibility of state oppression despite a continued formal commitment to human rights, and an explosion of local uprisings that tend to spread across national borders. Our research group aims to  investigate these new trends by engaging in global studies through the prism of the political strategies of social classes.