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Marxist Class Theory for a Skeptical World [electronic resource]

by Raju J. Das
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EBook; Book; Online
Published
Leiden, The Netherlands : Brill, [2017]
Language
English
Series
Studies in Critical Social Sciences
ISBN
9789004337473, 9004337474, 9789004297098, 900429709X
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Summary
Marxist Theory of Class for a Skeptical World' is a critique of some of the influential radical theories of class, and presents an alternative approach to it. This book critically discusses Analytical Marxist and Post-structuralist Marxist theories of class, and offers an alternative approach that is rooted in the ideas of Marx and Engels as well as Lenin and Trotsky. It presents a materialist-dialectical foundation for class theory, and conceptualizes class at the trans-historical level and at the level of capitalism. It shows that capitalism is an objectively-existing articulation of exchange, property and value relations, between capital and labour, at multiple geographical scales, and that the state is an arm of class relation. It draws out implications of class relations for consciousness and political power of the proletariat.
Contents
  • Marxist Class Theory for a Skeptical World; Copyright; Contents; List of Figures and Tables; Acknowledgements; 1 Introduction; 2 Analytical Marxist Theory of Class; 1 Main Concepts in Analytical Marxist Theory of Class; 2 Connecting Core Class-Concepts, and Levels of Class-Analysis; 3 Class Analysis, Struggle for Socialism, and Socialist trategies; 4 Conceptual Advantages of Wright's Theory of Class; 5 Wright's Class Theory in Relation to His Marxist Social Theory; 6 Conclusion; 3 Anti-essentialist (Post-structuralist) Marxist Theory of Class.
  • 1 Post-structuralist Marxist Notion of Class Relation2 Class Agency/Struggle and Geography of Capitalism; 3 Class Theory as a Part of Marxist Social Theory in Anti-essentialist Marxism: The Principle of Non-dominance; 4 The Politics of Anti-essentialist Marxism or Class Politics of Distribution; 5 Semiotic/Linguistic/Emotional Resistance and Intervention; 6 Conclusion; 4 A Critique of Theories of Class in Analytical and Anti-essentialist Marxisms; 1 Class and Property; 2 Class, Surplus, and Exploitation; 3 The Primacy of Class and of Capitalist Class Relations.
  • 4 Problematic Conception of Class-Agency and Anti-capitalism5 A Reformist View of Post-capitalist Politics; 6 Class Character of Revisions to the Marxist Theory of Class: Theories and Interests; 7 Conclusion; 5 Philosophical Foundations of Class Theory; 1 Marxist Philosophy: A Brief Statement of Basic Principles; 2 Philosophy and Class Theory; 3 Conclusion; 6 Class Theory at a Trans-historical Scale; 1 Class in All Class Societies: Class, Property, and Exploitation; 2 Historically Specific Form of Class: Class in Pre-capitalist Society.
  • 3 Objective Conditions, Class Struggle, Class Consciousenss and Transition in Class Form of Society4 Class and the State: Political Oppression as a Part of Class Relation; 5 Conclusion; 7 Marxist Theory of Capitalism as Class: A Dialectics of Exchange, Property and Value Relations; 1 Capitalist Class Relation as Exchange/Money Relation; 2 Capitalist Class Relation as Property Relation; 3 Capitalist Class Relation as a Relation of Value; 4 Money Relation, Property Relation, and Value Relation all Internally Connected; 5 Concrete Map of Class Relations in Capitalist Social Formation.
  • 6 Objective Effects of Class Relations on the Working Class: Suffering and Immiserization7 Conclusion; 8 Subsumptions of Labour by Capital: Theory of Capitalist Class Relation from an International Perspective; 1 How is Capitalism Conceptualized?; 2 Formal and Real Subsumptions of Labour as Forms of Capitalist Class Relation; 3 Transition from Formal Subsumption, and the Mediation of Class Struggle; 4 Imperialism, Subsumption of Labour under Capital, and Class; 5 Misconceptions about Subsumption of Labour and Dominant Contradiction in Modern Society.
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1 online resource (vii, 684 p.) : ill. ; 25 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Statement
Studies in critical social sciences, 1573-4234 ; v. 103
Studies in critical social sciences ; v. 103
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