Reinventing Marxism

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The collapse of the Soviet Union provides economist Howard Sherman the opportunity to re-evaluate Marxism as an alternative to conventional pro-capitalist perspectives. Arguing that Soviet Marxism distorted Marxian thought, Sherman acknowledges that Marxism must move beyond its traditional Soviet formulation. What is needed, he writes, is a new, critical Marxism that is integral to a radical political economy—a Marxism that sees society as an organic whole, dependent upon an ...

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Overview

The collapse of the Soviet Union provides economist Howard Sherman the opportunity to re-evaluate Marxism as an alternative to conventional pro-capitalist perspectives. Arguing that Soviet Marxism distorted Marxian thought, Sherman acknowledges that Marxism must move beyond its traditional Soviet formulation. What is needed, he writes, is a new, critical Marxism that is integral to a radical political economy—a Marxism that sees society as an organic whole, dependent upon an integrated set of relationships.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Sherman presents a clear and compelling account of what he calls 'critical Marxism.' He draws on the work of many practicing Marxist social scientists and philosophers, mainly from the US and UK, adding his own twists and interpretations... In addition to finding a place among Marxist social scientists, this clearly-written book will be useful for those seeking an introduction to modern Marxism and as a text to assign in courses that touch upon Marxist analysis in the social sciences.

— David M. Kotz

Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science - David M. Kotz
Sherman presents a clear and compelling account of what he calls 'critical Marxism.' He draws on the work of many practicing Marxist social scientists and philosophers, mainly from the US and UK, adding his own twists and interpretations... In addition to finding a place among Marxist social scientists, this clearly-written book will be useful for those seeking an introduction to modern Marxism and as a text to assign in courses that touch upon Marxist analysis in the social sciences.
Booknews
Eschewing the obscurantist jargon of technical economics, Sherman presents a basic framework for the entire field of Marxism which is critical of conventional social science, but also critical of the old, Stalinist, Soviet Marxism. He effectively synthesizes the numerous specialized contributions to a new critical Marxism into a coherent paradigm, stating the new Marxism as a unity of all the social sciences. The volume is divided into four parts: the political economy of history; political economy--a relational-historical approach; the critical method; and a radical program for the 21st century. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801850776
  • Publisher: Hopkins Fulfillment Service
  • Publication date: 11/1/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard J. Sherman is professor of economics at the University of California, Riverside. His many books include The Business Cycle: Growth and Crisis in Capitalism, and Foundations of Radical Political Economy.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. I The Political Economy of History 1
Ch. 1 Why Reinvent Marxism? 3
Ch. 2 A Critique of Reductionism 13
Ch. 3 The Relational Approach 29
Ch. 4 The Historical Approach 56
Ch. 5 A Critique of Individualism and Extreme Collectivism 85
Ch. 6 Class Analysis 109
Pt. II Political Economy: A Relational-Historical Approach
Ch. 7 Poverty, Inequality, and Exploitation 129
Ch. 8 Unemployment and Business Cycles 152
Ch. 9 Democracy and Capitalism 177
Ch. 10 The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union 193
Pt. III The Critical Method
Ch. 11 Dialectics as a Critical Method 215
Ch. 12 The Conflict of Paradigms 243
Ch. 13 Determinism and Predeterminism 270
Ch. 14 Marxian Humanism and Liberal Humanism 286
Pt. IV A Radical Program for the Twenty-first Century
Ch. 15 Reinventing Socialism 317
References 339
Name Index 359
Subject Index 364
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