Ownership, inequality and class formation in socio-ecological transformation conflicts.


The project examines the twofold structural change of and through ownership based on overlaps between class struggles and social conflicts rooted in ecological issues. It sets out to develop an ownership-based, heuristic approach to class with reference to four discrete types of ownership: private means of production, power of control, social property and collective ownership of nature.

The principal hypothesis underlying the research assumes that the old, democratically contained industrial class conflict is successively becoming a socio-ecological transformation conflict whose dynamism is affecting and, quite probably, changing the hegemonic ownership structure of capitalist societies.

Project activities

  • “At the Threshold of Social Respectability: On the political construction of new underclasses”, lecture by Klaus Dörre, conference “Robert Castel. Actualité et réception internationale”, IRIS Paris. (03.-04.04.2023)
  • “Castel’s Concept of Social Property and its Relation to Precarization and Class Formation: The Case of «Deutsche Post DHL Group»“, lecture by Steffen Liebig and Kim Lucht, conference “Robert Castel. Actualité et réception internationale”, IRIS Paris, (03.-04.04.2023)
  • “Klimakrise und Kapitalismus. Über Auswege aus der Krise und Handlungsoptionen der Klima- und Arbeiterbewegung”, lecture by Kim Lucht, IGM-Darmstadt, (06.03.2023)

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