Reading Capital Politically

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AK Press, Aug 1, 2000 - Business & Economics - 183 pages
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As social movements waned in the late 70s, the study of Marx seemed to take on a life of its own. Structuralist, post-structuralist, deconstructed Marxes bloomed in journals and seminar rooms across the US and Europe. These Marxes and their interpreters struggled to interpret the world, and sometimes to interpret Marx himself, losing sight at times of his dictum that the challenge is not to interpret the world but to change it. In 1979, Harry Cleaver tossed an incendiary device called Reading Capital Politically into those seminar rooms. Through a close reading of the first chapter, he shows that Das Kapital was written for the workers, not for academics, and that we need to expand our idea of workers to include housewives, students, the unemployed, and other non-waged workers. Reading Capital Politically provides a theoretical and historical bridge between struggles in Europe in the 60s and 70s and, particularly, the Autonomia of Italy to the Zapatistas of the 90s. His introduction provides a brilliant and succinct overview of working class struggles in the century since Capital was published. Cleaver adds a new preface to the AK Press/Anti-Thesis edition.
  

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Interesting idea, a little stretched and incoherent. Read full review

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This, along with Harry Cleaver's Study Guide to Capital Vol 1 ( https://webspace.utexas.edu/hcleaver/... - yes, the book is just on Chapter 1, but there's a lot there!), should be considered ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
23
Reading Capital as Political Economy
31
Reading Marx Philosophically
46
Reading Capital Politically
58
Reading Chapter One
77
The CommodityForm
81
The Substance and Magnitude of Value Chapter One Section 1
95
The twofold Character of Labour Chapter One Section 2
127
The Form of Value Chapter One Section 3
135
Conclusion
159
Bibliography
163
Internet resources
172
Index
175
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