The Marxist Sociology Blog Podcast
Episode 2: Michael Levien and Smriti Upadhyay on Land Dispossession in India

Episode 2: Michael Levien and Smriti Upadhyay on Land Dispossession in India

June 23, 2021

Our first Marxist Sociology Blog Podcast episode got a good response, so we decided to go back for a second round!

In this episode, Michael Levien and Smriti Upadhyay discuss their research on land dispossession in India. They ask a simple, fundamental question: why do some people resist dispossession, while others acquiesce? Through a systematic analysis of more than 23,000 major capital projects across India between 2007 and 2015, Levien and Upadhyay identify key factors that determine whether a project is likely to generate resistance or not. Some of their results may surprise you!

Michael Levien is Associate Profesor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. Smriti Upadhyay recently received her Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University.

The paper we discussed in this interview was published online in Politics & Society on May 21, 2021. It is entitled "Toward a Political Sociology of Dispossession: Explaining Opposition to Capital Projects in India." You can find it here: https://doi.org/10.1177/00323292211016587

Episode 1: Elizabeth Wrigley-Field on COVID and Race in the U.S.

Episode 1: Elizabeth Wrigley-Field on COVID and Race in the U.S.

May 11, 2021

Welcome to the Marxist Sociology Blog Podcast! This is an experiment for the moment, as we figure out whether or not we can make this a recurring part of the blog. For our inaugural episode, we invited Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota, to discuss some of her recent research into race and the COVID-19 pandemic in the US. One of her papers compares white mortality during the pandemic to Black mortality at its best, while another assesses optimal strategies for equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Let us know what you think, and if you'd like to hear more like this!

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