Democracy Against Capitalism: Renewing Historical Materialism

by Ellen Meiksins Wood

Paperback, 2016

Description

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.… (more)

Status

Available

Call number

335.4119

Publication

Verso (2016), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages

Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

1995

ISBN

1784782440 / 9781784782443
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