The Social Ontology of Capitalism (2017)
Daniel Krier and Mark P. Worrell
This book addresses core questions about the nature and structure of contemporary capitalism and the social dynamics and countervailing forces that shape modern life. From a robust and self-consciously sociological framework, it analyzes and interrogates such issues as the nature of the social, the power of the sacred, the nature of authority, the problem of representation, reification, alienation, utopia, and collective resistance. Historical materialism reveals that the scope of productive functions is broader than the crude realism of economism. Marx’s critical theory of the commodity and his analysis of the capitalist regime of accumulation remain as vital as ever and serve as a guiding light for the continued exploration of the philosophical underpinnings of critical inquiry and praxis.
NASCAR, Sturgis, and the New Economy of Spectacle (2016)
Daniel Krier and William J. Swart
NASCAR, Sturgis, and the New Economy of Spectacle maps the structure of economies of spectacle in stock car racing and large displacement motorcycle rallying. The book traces the historical development of economic spectacles and models the structural components and moving parts that sustain them. Economies of spectatorship emerge when activities and legends in the cultural commons are privatized or enclosed as immaterial property. Once privatized, a spectacular diegesis supports a triple-circuit of profit: spectatorship markets (payments to see), sponsorship markets (payments to be seen) and trophy markets (payments to be seen enjoying). Vivid illustrations of legendary action in NASCAR and carnivalesque displays at Sturgis reveal how spectator events function as intensive sites of profit-making in contemporary capitalism.
Capitalism’s Future: Alienation, Emancipation and Critique (2016)
Edited by Daniel Krier and Mark P. Worrell
Capitalisms’ Future: Alienation, Emancipation and Critique frames 21st century economic and social possibilities in a dialogue between two forms of critical social theory: Marx’s critique of political economy that analyzes capitalism and the critique of political psychology that analyzes authoritarianism. Contributions from social theorists in sociology, philosophy, and cultural studies are brought together to dissect and critique capitalist crises, left-liberalism, left-Thatcherism, resistance to risk-pooling, idealist philosophy, undemocratic social character, status wages and authoritarian spectacles. Throughout, Marx’s centrality to critical social theory is confirmed, both alone and in in powerful combination with Adorno, Durkheim, Dubois, Lacan, Veblen, Weber and others. This book outlines conjoined critiques of commodity-fetishism and authority fetishism as the emancipatory agenda of 21st century critical theory.
Speculative Management: Stock Market Power and Corporate Change (2005)
Krier, Dan. 2005. Speculative Management: Stock Market Power and Corporate Change. State University of New York Press: New York. Volume in the SUNYPress Series in the Sociology of Work and Organizations, Richard Hall series editor.
- Worrell, MP & Krier, D. Forthcoming. Totems, Fetishes and Enchanted Modernity: Hegelian Marxism Confronts Idolatry. Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture, Special Issue on the 150th Anniversary of Marx’s Capital.
- Krier, Dan. 2017. “Behemoth Revisited: National Socialism and the Trump Administration.” Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture. Vol. 16, Nos. 1-2, n.p.
- Krier, Daniel. 2017. “Debt, Value and Economic Theology.” Continental Thought & Theory, Vol.1(2): 252-268.
- Krier, Daniel and Kevin S. Amidon. 2017. “The Body Ontology of Capitalism.” Krier, Daniel and Mark P. Worrell (eds.).The Social Ontology of Capitalism. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 263-276.
- Kevin S. Amidon and Daniel Krier. 2017. “The Constellation of Social Ontology: Walter Benjamin, Eduard Fuchs, and the Body of History.” Krier, Daniel and Mark P. Worrell (eds.).The Social Ontology of Capitalism. London: Palgrave MacMillan. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 235-262.
- Amidon, Kevin S. and Daniel Krier. 2016. Easing the Encumbered Subject: Security, Speculation, and Capitalist Subjectivity. In Daniel Krier and Mark P. Worrell, (eds.) Capitalism’s Future: Alienation, Emancipation and Critique. Leiden: Brill Academic Press, 136-153.
- William J. Swart and Daniel Krier. 2016. Dark Spectacle: Authoritarianism and the Economic Enclosure of American Motorcycling In Krier, Daniel & Mark P. Worrell, (ed.). 2016. Capitalism’s Future: Alienation, Emancipation and Critique. Leiden: Brill, 240-276.
- Krier, Daniel and Tony A. Feldmann. 2016. Social Character in Western Pre-Modernity: Lacanian Psychosis in Wladyslaw Reymont’s The Peasants In Krier, Daniel and Mark P. Worrell (eds.). 2016. Capitalism’s Future: Alienation, Emancipation and Critique. Leiden: Brill Academic Press, 175-216.
- Worrell, Mark P. and Dan Krier. 2015. ”Atopia Awaits! A Critical Sociological Analysis of Marx’s Political Imaginary.” Critical Sociology. Epub ahead of print 17 December 2015.
- Krier, Daniel and William Swart. 2015. How Legends Become Brands: The Culture Industry in the Second Enclosure Movement. Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Vol. 33, 243-266.
- Krier, Dan and Kevin S. Amidon. 2015. “Critical Theory and the Limits of Academic Economics: Resolving the Political in Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century.” Critical Sociology, 41 (2) March: 349-58.
- Krier, Daniel and William J. Swart. 2014. “The Commodification of Spectacle: Spectators, Sponsors, and the Outlaw Biker Diegesis at Sturgis.” Critical Sociology, 42 (1): 11-32. First Published May 2, 2014.
- Krier, Daniel and William J. Swart. 2014. “Trophies of Surplus Enjoyment.” Critical Sociology, 42 (3): 371-392. First Published June 27, 2014.
- Krier, Daniel and William J. Swart. 2012. “The Dialectics of Carnival: From Bakhtin to Baudrillard.” Pp. 133-68 in Alienation and the Carnivalization of Society edited by Jerome Braun and Lauren Langmann. Routledge: New York.
- Worrell, Mark P. and Daniel Krier. 2012. “The Imperial Eye.” Fast Capitalism, 9.1.
- Krier, Daniel and C. Richard Stockner. 2011. “The Economic and Cultural Impacts of Veterans on Rural America: The Case of Iowa.” Pp. 57-82 in Journal of Rural Social Sciences.
- Krier, Dan. 2009. “Speculative Profit Fetishism in the Age of Finance Capital” in Critical Sociology, 35:657.
- Krier, Dan. 2009. “Finance Capital, Neo-Liberalism and Critical Institutionalism” in Critical Sociology, 35:395.
- Amidon, Kevin and Dan Krier. 2009. “On Rereading Klaus Theweleit’s Male Fantasies.” Men and Masculinities, Vol. 11, No. 4, 488-496.
- Krier, Dan. 2008. “Critical Institutionalism and Financial Globalization: A Comparative Analysis of American and Continental Finance.” New York Journal of Sociology, Vol. 1, p. 130-186.
- Gotham, Kevin and Dan Krier. 2008. “From Culture Industry to the Society of the Spectacle: Theoretical Affinities of the Frankfurt School and the Situationist International.” Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Vol. 25, pp.155-192.
- Krier, Dan. 1999. “Assessing the New Synthesis of Economics and Sociology.” American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Vol. 58, No. 4, pp. 669-696. Krier, Dan and William G. Staples. 1993. “Seen But Unseen: Part-time Faculty and Institutional Surveillance and Control.” The American Sociologist, Vol. 24, No. 3,4: pp. 119-134.