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Democracy against Capitalism

Democracy against Capitalism
Renewing Historical Materialism

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  • Date Published: March 1995
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521476829

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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. In this book she sets out to renew the critical program 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.

    • Wide-ranging study of Marxism and democracy, covering history from ancient Greece to the US Constitution, and thinkers from Weber to Thompson
    • Wood is a controversial but interesting figure and will have some personal following for this book formerly on editorial board of New Left Review
    • More accessible than most writing in the field; Will appeal to historians, philosophers and sociologists as well as political theorists
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    "...a provocative, much needed, and timely intervention. It will invigorate and arm those who wish to argue against the dead end of the politics of difference and reassert the centrality of class theory and politics." Contemporary Sociology

    "Wood stakes out a strong and clear perspective here. It is an important one and should receive a wide hearing." Michael A. Principe, Canadian Philosophical Reviews

    "This relevant anthology will be read with interest by any philosopher interested in social theory." Ethics

    "...a terrific book that deserves to become a classic of our political tendency....Wood provides a brilliant explication and defense of the key theoretical concepts relevant to socialism...." Against the Current

    "This book deserves to be read by more than social theorists and followers of contemporary marxist debate. Wood engages in a critique of capitalism not despite the apparent triumph of captalism but because of it." John P. Burke, Research in Philosophy and Technology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521476829
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Historical Materialism and the Specificity of Capitalism:
    1. The separation of the 'economic' and 'political' in capitalism
    2. Rethinking base and superstructure
    3. Class as process and relationship
    4. History or technological determinism?
    5. History or teleology? Marx v. Weber
    Part II. Democracy against Capitalism:
    6. Labour and democracy, ancient and modern
    7. The demos v. 'we, the people': from ancient to modern conceptions of citizenship
    8. Civil society and the politics of identity
    9. Capitalism and human emancipation: race, gender and democracy
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Ellen Meiksins Wood, York University, Toronto

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