In Defense of History: Marxism and the Postmodern Agenda

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What is postmodernism? What are the reasons for its attractiveness? In Defense of History is a compelling challenge to postmodern fashion, written by new intellectuals on the left who are reviving historical materialism as an alternative.
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Overview

What is postmodernism? What are the reasons for its attractiveness? In Defense of History is a compelling challenge to postmodern fashion, written by new intellectuals on the left who are reviving historical materialism as an alternative.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780853459859
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Pages: 224

Meet the Author

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).

John Bellamy Foster is editor of Monthly Review. He is professor of sociology at the University of Oregon and author of The Ecological Revolution, The Great Financial Crisis (with Fred Magdoff), Critique of Intelligent Design (with Brett Clark and Richard York), Ecology Against Capitalism, Marx’s Ecology, and The Vulnerable Planet.

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Table of Contents

What Is the "Postmodern" Agenda? 1
Where do Postmodernists Come From? 17
Language, History, and Class Struggle 26
The Politics of Cultural Studies 43
Aijaz Ahmad Interviewed I: Culture, Nationalism, and the Role of Intellectuals 51
Old Positions/New Necessities: History, Class, and Marxist Metanarrative 65
Against Social De(con)struction of Science: Cautionary Tales From the Third World 74
Aijaz Ahmad Interviewed Ii: Issues of Class and Culture 98
The Mirror of Race: Postmodernism and the Celebration of Difference 113
Postmodernism, Feminism, and Marx: Notes from the Abyss 135
Marx and the Environment 150
Northern Intellectuals and the EZLN 163
Five Theses on Actually Existing Marxism 175
In Defense of History 184
Contributors 195
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