Reading 'Capital' Today

Reading 'Capital' Today : Marx after 150 Years

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Recent years have seen a surge of interest in Marxian political economy and especially Marx's great work Capital. 150 years after the book's original publication, are there readings of Capital that can help us find new pathways to progressive or revolutionary change?In this wide-ranging new volume, leading thinkers reflect on Capital's legacy, its limitations and its continuing relevance for today, highlighting issues including ecology, gender, race, labour, communism, the 'Third World' and imperialism.The contributors also aim to identify the connections between Capital and various socialist projects of the past, and draw lessons from those experiences that might contribute to the reinvention of socialist politics today.Contributors include: Ingo Schmidt, Carlo Fanelli, William Pelz, Anej Korsika, Prabhat Patnaik, Silvia Federici, Paul Thompson, Chris Smith, Peter Gose, Justin Paulson, Jeff Noonan, Hannah Holleman and Peter more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 22.86mm | 385.55g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745399738
  • 9780745399737

About Ingo Schmidt

Ingo Schmidt is academic coordinator of the Labour Studies Program at Athabasca University, Canada. His research focuses on international political economy and labour movements. His recent books include Rosa Luxemburg's Accumulation of Capital (VSAVerlag, 2013) and The Three Worlds of Social Democracy (Pluto Press, 2015). Carlo Fanelli teaches in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University, Canada. He is the author of Megacity Malaise: Neoliberalism, Public Services and Labour in Toronto, and editor of Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social more

Table of contents

Introduction: Capital After 150 Years by Ingo Schmidt and Carlo Fanelli 1. Capital and the History of Class Struggle by Ingo Schmidt 2. Capital and the First International by William Pelz 3. Capital and Soviet Communism by Anej Korsika 4. Capital and The Labour Theory of Value by Prabhat Patnaik 5. Capital and Gender by Silvia Federici 6. Capital and its 'Laws of Motion' by Peter Gose and Justin Paulson 7. Capital and the Labour Process by Paul Thompson and Chris Smith 8. Capital and Organized Labour by Carlo Fanelli and Jeff Noonan 9. Capital and Ecology by Hannah Holleman 10. Imagining Society Beyond Capital by Peter Hudisshow more

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'Celebrates and interrogates Marx's Capital for its meaning today, as the neoliberal counterrevolution mutates into ever more grotesque political and economic forms. For reading Marx in our time, Schmidt and Fanelli have gathered a series of vital interventions on some of the most important theoretical and political themes in Marx for the struggles that lie in front of us' -- Greg Albo, Political Science, York University 'Addresses not only capital and labour, and early experiments in socialism, but also questions of gender, ecology, and imperialism. What we learn is that reading Marx's Capital in the present as history can renew our vision of a more egalitarian world beyond capitalism: that of socialism in the twenty-first century' -- John Bellamy Foster, editor of Monthly Reviewshow more