The Beginning of History

The Beginning of History : Value Struggles and Global Capital

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Francis Fukuyama may declare the 'end of history', and neoliberal capital embraces this belief. However, the diverse struggles for commons and dignity around the planet reveal a different reality: that of the beginning of history. The clash between these two perspectives is the subject matter of this book.

This book analyses the frontline of this struggle. On one side, a social force called capital pursues endless growth and monetary value. On the other side, other social forces strive to rearrange the web of life on their own terms. This book engages with alternative modes of co-production recently posed by the alter-globalisation movement, and it examines what these movements are up against.

This account explores groundbreaking new critical political economic theory and its role in bringing about radical social change.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 19.05mm | 544.31g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 10 figs
  • 0745320368
  • 9780745320366

Table of contents


1. The beginning of history

PART I: Orientations: co-production of livelihoods as contested terrain

2. Values struggles

3. Capital as a Social Force

4. With no limits

5. Production and reproduction

6. Production, reproduction and global loops

Part II: Global Loops: some explorations on the contemporary work machine

7 Enclosures and Disciplinary Integration

8. Global Loops

9. Global work machine

Part III: Context, Contest and Text: discourses and their clashing practices

10. Marx and the enclosures we face

11. Enclosures with no limits

12. The `Law of Value,' Immaterial Labour, and the `centre of power'

13 The Valuing and the Measuring of Capital

14. Market Freedom and the Prison: Hayek and Bentham

15. Fractal-Panopticon and Ubiquitous Revolution

Part IV: `By Asking question we walk': the Problematics of Decoupling

16. The `Outside'

17. Commons



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'A breakthrough book in anti-capitalist theory' -- George Caffentzis, Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Southern Maine 'A kind of intellectual revolution in itself, both rigourous and exciting' -- David Graeber, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Yale University 'Brings creativity to the centre of anti-capitalist thought and through it provides new meanings to the concepts of anarchism, socialism and communism' -- Silvia Federici, author of Caliban and the Witch
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About Massimo de Angelis

Massimo De Angelis is Reader in Political Economy at the University of East London. He is the author of The Beginning of History: Value Struggles and Global Capital (Pluto, 2006), Keynesianism, and Social Conflict and Political Economy (2000). He is editor of the web journal The Commoner.
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