Marx and Modernity: Key Readings and Commentary / Edition 1

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In this illuminating and concise collection of readings, Karl Marx emerges as the first theorist to give a comprehensive social view of the birth and development of capitalist modernity that began with the Second Industrial Revolution and still exists today.

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"Robert J. Antonio's collection on Marx and modernity bringstogether keyworks of Marx and a variety of contemporary Marxistwritings that engage topics such as globalization, informationtechnology, the triumph of neo-liberal market capitalism and globalstruggles against it. Antonio provides a lucid overview of KarlMarx's life and works, and debates over his legacy that should beextremely useful for contemporary readers."
Douglas Kellner, University of California at LosAngeles

"The essays by Marx are intelligently chosen, the livelycommentaries by a host of well-known scholars exhibit the range ofhis influence, while the outstanding introduction by Robert Antonioilluminates his salience for our time. This is a first-ratecollection!"
Stephen Eric Bronner, Rutgers University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631225508
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/9/2002
  • Series: Modernity and Society Series , #1
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Antonio is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kansas. He has written widely on Marx, critical theory, and classical and contemporary social theory, and is the co-editor of A Weber–Marx Dialogue (with Ronald Glassman, 1985).

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.

General Editor's Foreword.


Introduction: Marx and Modernity (Robert J. Antonio).

Section I: Marx Readings.

Part 1: Marx's Vision of History: "HistoricalMaterialism.".

1. Primary Historical Relations or the Basic Aspects of SocialActivity (with Friedrich Engels).

2. The Ruling Class and Ruling Ideas... (with FriedrichEngels).

3. The Formation of Classes... (with Friedrich Engels).

4. Preface to A Contribution to a Critique of PoliticalEconomy.

5. Labor Rent.

6. Karl Marx (Friedrich Engels).

7. Letter to Joseph Bloch (Friedrich Engels).

Part 2: The Juggernaut of Capitalist Modernity: TheRevolutionary Bourgeoisie, End of Tradition, and New SocialPowers.

8. The So-Called Primitive Accumulation.

9. Development of the Division of Labor (with FriedrichEngels).

10. Bourgeois and Proletarians: (with Friedrich Engels).

11. Historical Tendency of Capitalist Accumulation.

12. Cooperation.

13. Cardinal Facts of Capitalist Production.

Part 3: Marx's Labor Theory of Value: The Hidden SocialRelationship Beneath Capitalism's Distorted "Economic"Surface.

14. The Two Factors of a Commodity: Use Value and Value.

15. From Value, Price and Profit.

16. The Fetishism of Commodities and the Secret Thereof.

17. The General Formula for Capital.

Part 4: The First and Second Industrial Revolutions: FromManufacture to Modern Industry.

18. Division of Labor and Manufacture.

19. Machinery and Modern Industry.

Part 5: The Downside of Capitalist Growth: Unemployment,Poverty, Speculative Crises, and Environmental Devastation.

20. General Law of Capitalist Accumulation.

21. The Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall.

22. Progressive Production of a Relative Surplus Population orIndustrial Reserve Army.

23. Increase of Lunacy in Great Britain.

24. The Economic Crisis in Europe.

25. Modern Industry and Agriculture.

Part 6: Globalization and Colonialism: The New InternationalDivision of Labor.

26. Foreign Trade.

27. Repulsion Attraction of Workpeople.

28. The Crisis in England.

29. British Incomes in India.

30. The Indian Revolt.

Part 7: New Society Rising in the Old: Socially RegulatedCapitalism and a Third Industrial Revolution.

31. The Factory Acts.

32. The Role of Credit in Capitalist Production.

33. Fixed Capital and Development of the Productive Forces ofSociety.

Part 8: The Revolutionary Proletariat and the Vicissitudes ofHistory: Counterrevolution, Dictatorship, or RadicalDemocracy?.

34. Bourgeois and Proletarians: (with Friedrich Engels).

35. Proletarians and Communists: (with Friedrich Engels).

36. The 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte.

37. The Civil War in France.

38. Critique of the Gotha Program.

Section II: Contemporary Readings.

Part 9: After Communism: The Death or Return ofMarx?.

39. Mourning Marxism (Ronald Aronson, Wayne StateUniversity).

40. Marx Redux (David Harvey, Johns Hopkins University).

41. The Return of Karl Marx (John Cassidy).

Part 10: New Economy or Old?: Information Capitalism and thePolarization of Class, Race, and Ethnicity.

42. The Connected and the Disconnected (Jeremy Rifkin).

43. The Architect of a New Consensus (Thomas Frank).

44. Societal Changes and Vulnerable Neighborhoods (WilliamJulius Wilson, Harvard University).

45. Fortress L.A. (Mike Davis).

Part 11: Neoliberal Globalization: Concentration,Proletarianization, and Immiseration in the New TransitionalOrder.

46. America's Immigration "Problem" (Saskia Sassen, Universityof Chicago).

47. "These Dark Satanic Mills" (William Greider).

48. From the Great Transformation to the Global Free Market(John Gray, London School of Economics).

Part 12: Emergent Resistance to Neoliberal Globalization:Anti-Corporate, Alliance Politics & Direct Actions.

49. Slouching toward Seattle (Jeff Faux).

50. Seattle Diary (Jeff St. Clair).

51. Not Just a Seattle Sequel (Bruce Shapiro).

Part 13: Rethinking Class and Emancipation after Communism:Avoiding Marxist Determinism and Totalization.

52. Class Analysis, History, and Emancipation (Erik Olin Wright,University of Wisconsin).

53. From Redistribution to Recognition? (Nancy Fraser, NewSchool University).



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