Mariano Féliz

Mariano Féliz is a social activist in Argentina. Currently, he mostly works on political education within the Popular Front Darío Santillán – National Current and allied organizations, and is active in union struggles within the University and Research Center where he is employed. There, he teaches political economy and conducts research on the transformations of dependent capitalism and its relationship to social struggles. He is mostly concerned about recovering the tradition of Marxian Dependency Theory, showing how it can be articulated with current debates within feminist economics and Marxist ecological debates.

Dependent Capitalism, Social Reproduction, and Radical Social Change in Argentina: How to Confront New Conservative Politics in the Era of Transnational Capital

The transnationalization of capital in Argentina’s dependent economy has combined a process of increasing transnationalization of the state with an increasing exploitation of labour, nature, and the body-territory of women. This creates a growing problem for capital, as the contradiction between capital and life cannot find a political correlate leading to new forms of political integration and thus social and political stability. How do structural transformations in dependent economics (such as Argentina) in the era of transnational capital tend to strengthen conservatory politics, in the sense of a new consensus around development strategies that (tend to) neutralize radical political practices? How does the production and reproduction of capital in a dependent territory such as Argentina create the basis for the political advancement of conservative politics (in right-wing or populist forms) that promote a new myth of progressive capitalist development, even within increasingly authoritarian social relations?

Publications

Féliz, Mariano (2020). “Life after the virus: social reproduction in a post pandemic world”, Futures of Work, 14, Covid-19 Special #2, Junio, Bristol University Press, https://futuresofwork.co.uk/2020/06/05/life-after-the-virus-social-reproduction-in-a-post-pandemic-world.

Féliz, Mariano (2020). “It’s the end of the world… as we know it. The last capitalist pandemic?”, 45(1), Special Issue, Pandemic (Im)Possibilities, Mayo, The European Sociologist, European Sociological Association. ISSN 2415-6426. https://www.europeansociologist.org/issue-45-pandemic-impossibilities-vol-1/political-economy-and-politics-%E2%80%93-it%E2%80%99s-end-world-we-know-it     

“La vida en el centro, la vida en juego. Crisis, pandemia y la urgencia del cambio social”, April 15th, 2020. publicada en ContrahegemoniaWeb, Dossier “América latina en la encrucijada: pandemia, rebeliones y estados de excepción”, https://contrahegemoniaweb.com.ar/2020/04/15/la-vida-en-el-centro-la-vida-en-juego-crisis-pandemia-y-la-urgencia-del-cambio-social.

“Pandemonium: tiempo de cambiarlo todo”, March 25th, 2020, publicada en Zur, zur.org.uy, http://zur.org.uy/content/pandemonium-tiempo-de-cambiarlo-todo.

Féliz, Mariano (2019). “Neodevelopmentalism and Dependency in Twenty-first-Century Argentina: Insights from the Work of Ruy Mauro Marini”, Latin American Perspectives, 46(1), pp. 105-121, https://doi.org/10.1177/2F0094582X18806588.  

All Publications from Mariano Féliz:

  • Living (and Working) in Pandemic Times. Labour, Care Work, and Struggles in, Against, and Beyond the (Capitalist) Pandemic

    The COVID-19 crisis has put our whole lives on pause. Not because life has stopped or ended but because our world as we knew it seems to be coming to an end. We are at the beginning of a new era. This is a capitalist crisis, not a health crisis. This is the latest crisis in the era of capital; the Capitalocene has put us on the verge of annihilation. This crisis has hit us hard and in multiple ways. The resulting global financial crash is hitting every territory, country, and city in a different way. Changes abound in our way of living and working. Social reproduction as a whole is changing and so are social struggles.