Bad Marxism

Bad Marxism : Capitalism and Cultural Studies

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Cultural Studies commonly claims to be a radical discipline. This book thinks that's a bad assessment. Cultural theorists love to toy with Marx, but critical thinking seems to fall into obvious traps. After an introduction which explains why the 'Marxism' of the academy is unrecognisable and largely unrecognised in anti-capitalist struggles, Bad Marxism provides detailed analyses of Cultural Studies' cherished moves by holding fieldwork, archives, empires, hybrids and exchange up against the practical criticism of anti-capitalism. Engaging with the work of key thinkers: Jacques Derrida, James Clifford, Gayatri Spivak, Georges Bataille, Homi Bhabha, Michael Hardt and Toni Negri, Hutnyk concludes by advocating an open Marxism that is both pro-party and pro-critique, while being neither dogmatic, nor more

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  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 136 x 214 x 22mm | 498.96g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745322670
  • 9780745322674

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'John Hutnyk is a very fine thinker, a sharp analyst of what is wrong with the academy and a careful reader, at the same time, of those ideas he won't always go along with' -- Vijay Prashad, author of Keeping Up with the Dow Joneses: Debt, Prison, Workfare (South End Press) 'Hutnyk packs more dynamite in his sentences than any other writer I know. He is among the finest Marxist polemicists writing today. There are none who can be as devastating in their critique of commodification' -- Amitava Kumar, Associate Professor, Penn State Universityshow more

About John Hutnyk

John Hutnyk is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, London. He is the author of The Rumour of Calcutta: Tourism, Charity and the Poverty of Representations (1996) and co-editor of Dis-Orienting Rhythms (1996).show more

Table of contents

Introduction: Cultural Studies as Capitalism Part I: Clifford's Ethnographica 1. Clifford and Malinowski 2. Fort Ross Mystifications Part II: derrida@marx.archive 3. Fever 4. Spectres 5. Struggles Part III: Tales from Raj 6. On Empire 7. Difference and Opposition 8. The Chapatti Story Part IV: Bataille's Wars: Surrealism, Marxism, Fascism 9. Librarian 10. Activist 11. Anthropologist 12. Provocateur Conclusion: The Cultivation of Capital Studies Notes References Indexshow more

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