The presentation of the book Accumulating Capital Today will take place on March 31st, 6-7:30 pm. The conference will be held in English and on Zoom.



Summary of “Accumulating Capital Today. Contemporary Strategies of Profit and Dispossessive Policies”


This book explores the renewal of forms of capital accumulation and the institutions that shape it. It focuses on three main sources of accumulation: the extraction of profit through labor and the commodification of nature, financial speculation and the ways in which profit is converted into wealth. It thus offers a new understanding of the economic and political logics of capital accumulation within capitalism in the 21st century. It shows the recomposition of the sources of profit, from the traditional mechanisms of labor exploitation to the contemporary logics of speculation and dispossession. Bringing together the work of scholars who study the social fabric of capitalist accumulation, Accumulating Capital Today goes beyond disciplinary frontiers to describe how capital is accumulating in a world threatened by social and environmental collapse. This book heralds the emergence of “accumulation studies” and will be of interest to researchers in sociology, anthropology, politics, political economy, geography and economics.


About the Authors


  •  Marlène Benquet is a research fellow in sociology at University Paris-Dauphine and CNRS, France.
  • Théo Bourgeron is a postdoctoral researcher in sociology at University College Dublin, Ireland.
  • Fabien Foureault is a postdoctoral researcher, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Anu Kantola is a media and communications professor at Helsinki University.
  • Hanna Kuusela is an academy research fellow at the Tampere Research Centre for Journalism, Media and Communication, at Tampere University.
  • Samuel Weeks is an assistant professor of anthropology at Thomas Jefferson University (USA).


Event details


? Marlene Benquet, Théo Bourgeron (eds), Accumulating Capital Today. Contemporary Strategies of Profit and Dispossessive Policies, Routledge, December 2020.

? March 31, 2020 – 6 to 7:30 PM – Zoom

? The conference will be held in English.