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[Site cover photo: Improvised oil-spill cleanup at Stanley Park, Vancouver, 1973 by  John Denniston. Featured as part of  E-flux Journal and the Canadian Center for Architecture exhibition It’s All Happening So Fast

Periphery? Core?

The name for this blog, Peripheral Thought  refers to a Periphery in world-systems theory. Under capitalism, a Periphery is an area which exists to feed the Core. The Periphery’s raw materials, labor, and culture are fed into outputs for the elites which reside in the core.

While the Core-Periphery dynamic is often used to describe relationships between nation-states (with the United States, Canada, and Western Europe exploiting the rest of the world), I also use it here to describe the relationship between regions within nation-states as well. Elements of capitalism such as rural-urban divides, “company towns”, ghetoization/gentrification,  and in the case of Canada and the United States the ongoing internal colonization of indigenous peoples, creates Peripheries within the Cores as well.

Peripheral Thought exists to intervene, articulate, and on occasion defend the interests and struggles of the Peripheries. This includes all those left behind by the expansion of the capitalist metropolis, but especially the working classes and oppressed nations. In recognition of my own limitations and potential biases, I will say that this blog will provide a distinctly “Canadian” and working-class perspective.

Peripheral Thought will feature articles, book and journal excerpts, and news reports as well as original written and multimedia content discussing:

  • socialism, anarchism, communism, and other anti-capitalist ideologies
  • the economic and cultural decline of neoliberalism
  • working class resilience and salvaging
  • globalization and anti-globalization/ nationalism, borders, and security
  • transnational capitalism and liberal imperialisms (with a focus on US-centrism)
  • Indigeneity, Indigenization, and Canadianization
  • ethics, especially the ethics of participatory research (i.e. taking part in political action)
  • the political economy of knowledge production in higher education (especially working-class student struggles and university militarization)

WARNING! This Blog Commits Sociology

One of the recurring themes on this blog will be the utter hypocrisy of the Canadian state and Canadian elites on issues like terrorism, human rights,  and democracy. While Harper is long gone, his quintessential autocratic behavior embodies a kind of Canadian elitism which transcends his term in office; the self described “democracy” which regularly defies even liberal-democratic standards, the underlying racism against Indigenous peoples, and the self-righteous attitude towards the rest of the world masked as politeness.

This blog “commits sociology” in the words of Mr. Harper, because it seeks to go into a deeper understanding a wide range of topics like Canada, US and western imperialism, ethnicity and identity in the modern world, class struggle, indigeneity, nationalism, liberalism, and resistance and revolution. It will do so employing the best methodologies from sociology (of course), anthropology, and activism/advocacy strategies. As such, Peripheral Thought does not exist to offer aid or confirmation to your prejudices, assumptions, or dogmas. This site appreciates the spirit of independent, critical thought grounded in a scientific pursuit of social investigation and class-based analysis.

About Abram

Originally from a small border town, I am studying at the University of New Brunswick in a slightly larger town, still in Atlantic Canada (on unceded Wolastoq territory). Currently I am completing a Bachelors in the Philosophy of Leadership with a minor in Sociology and Anthropology. My interests include Political Economy, Anthropology, Social Work, and political organizing and activism.

I am a member of the board of directors for the NB Media Co-Op, an organizer and advocate with the No One Is Illegal Fredericton collective, and a councilor for the University of New Brunswick’s undergraduate Student Union. I have also appeared as a guest consultant semi-regularly on the radio show From the Margins on CHSR FM 97.9 discussing topics such as the Quebec Student Strike, public policy and Canadian universities, and the internal politics of the University of New Brunswick.

Please also see my academia.edu page for academic formats of work posted here.

I can be reached at abram.lutes@gmail.com