Democracy against Capitalism: Renewing Historical Materialism (Paperback)
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Short Description for Democracy against Capitalism A reformulation of Marxism which explains why it still provides the most effective way of looking critically at capitalism.
- Published: 01 May 1995
- Format: Paperback 316 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521476829 ISBN 10: 0521476828
- Sales rank: 528,309
Full description for Democracy against Capitalism
Ellen Meiksins Wood argues that with the collapse of Communism the theoretical project of Marxism and its critique of capitalism is more timely and important than ever. Current intellectual fashions of the left which emphasise 'post-modern' fragmentation, 'difference', contingency and the 'politics of identity' can barely accommodate the idea of capitalism, let alone subject the capitalist system to critique. In this book she sets out to renew the critical programme of historical materialism by redefining its basic concepts and its theory of history in original and imaginative ways, using them to identify the specificity of capitalism as a system of social relations and political power. She goes on to explore the concept of democracy in both the ancient and modern world, examining the concept's relation to capitalism, and raising questions about how democracy might go beyond the limits imposed on it by capitalism.