Retreat From Class

Overview

In this classic study, which won the Isaac Deutscher Memorial Prize, Ellen Wood provides a critical survey of influential trends in “post-Marxist” theory. Challenging their dissociation of politics from class, she elaborates her own original conception of the complex relations between class, ideology and politics. In the process, Wood explores the links between socialism and democracy and reinterprets the relationship between liberal and socialist democracy.

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Overview

In this classic study, which won the Isaac Deutscher Memorial Prize, Ellen Wood provides a critical survey of influential trends in “post-Marxist” theory. Challenging their dissociation of politics from class, she elaborates her own original conception of the complex relations between class, ideology and politics. In the process, Wood explores the links between socialism and democracy and reinterprets the relationship between liberal and socialist democracy.

In a new introduction, Wood discusses the relevance of The Retreat from Class in a post-Soviet world. She traces the connections between post-Marxism and current academic trends such as postmodernism and argues that a re-examination of class politics is a necessary counter to the current cynical acceptance of capitalism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859842706
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Series: Classics Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 795,085
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Meiksins Wood, for many years Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto, is the author of many books, including Democracy Against Capitalism and, with Verso, The Pristine Culture of Capitalism, The Origin of Capitalism, Peasant-Citizen and Slave, Citizens to Lords, Empire of Capital and Liberty and Property.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction to the New Edition
1 The New 'True' Socialism 1
2 The Journey to the New 'True' Socialism: Displacing Class Struggle and the Working Class 12
3 The Forerunner: Nicos Poulantzas 25
4 The Autonomization of Ideology and Politics 47
5 The Randomization of History and Politics 75
6 Politics and Class 90
7 The Non-Correspondence Principle: A Historical Case 102
8 Platonic Marxism 116
9 Socialism and Democracy 130
10 Capitalism, Liberalism, Socialism 140
11 Socialism and 'Universal Human Goods' 167
12 Conclusions 180
Index 201
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