Democracy Against Capitalism: Renewing Historical Materialism

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 9, 1995 - Political Science - 300 pages
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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.
  

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Ellen Meiksins Wood is co-editor of "Monthly Review"; author of many books, including "The Pristine Culture of Capitalism "(1991) and "Democracy Against Capitalism" (1995); and co-editor of "In Defense of History" (1995).

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