Change the World Without Taking Power

Change the World Without Taking Power : The Meaning of Revolution Today

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'This is a refreshing, thought-provoking book...A must read for every student and practitioner of political science.' USI Journal This is a new, updated edition of John Holloway's acclaimed guide to the politics of revolution and protest. The wave of political demonstrations since Seattle have crystallised a new trend in left-wing politics. Modern protest movements are grounding their actions in both Marxism and Anarchism, fighting for radical social change in terms that have nothing to do with the taking of state power. This is in clear opposition to the traditional Marxist theory of revolution which centres on taking state power. In this book, John Holloway asks how we can reformulate our understanding of revolution as the struggle against power, not for power. After a century of failed attempts by revolutionary and reformist movements to bring about radical social change, the concept of revolution itself is in crisis. John Holloway opens up the theoretical debate, reposing some of the basic concepts of Marxism in a critical development of the subversive Marxist tradition represented by Adorno, Bloch and Lukacs, amongst others, and grounded in a rethinking of Marx's concept of 'fetishisation'-- how doing is transformed into more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 134 x 212 x 18mm | 299.38g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0745324665
  • 9780745324661
  • 884,935

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'Holloway's book is a question, an invitation to discuss.'Terry Liddle, Green socialist'My advice? Read this book only alongside those of Vladimir Il'ich.' Counter Culture '...Holloway has nade a brave attempt to develop a new politcs for the twenty-first century...Change the World without Taking Power is an interesting book and on ehtat should be widely read.'Aufhebenshow more

About John Holloway

John Holloway is a Professor in the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades of the Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla in Mexico. His publications include Crack Capitalism (Pluto, 2010), Change the World Without Taking Power (Pluto, 2005), Zapatista! Rethinking Revolution in Mexico (co-editor, Pluto, 1998) and Global Capital, National State and The Politics of Money (co-editor, 1994).show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgementsPreface to New Edition1. The Scream 2. Beyond the State?3. Beyond Power?4. AFetishism - The Tragic Dilemma5. Fetishism and Fetishisation6. Anti-Fetishism and Criticism7. The Tradition of Scientific Marxism8. The Critical-Revolutionary Subject 9. The Material Reality of Anti-Power10. The Material Reality of Anti-Power and the Crisis of Capital11. Revolution?12. Epilogue to new edition: Moving Against and Beyond: Reflections on a DiscussionNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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