An Anthropology of Marxism

An Anthropology of Marxism

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ISBN-13: 9781469649924
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 01/18/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 204
File size: 739 KB

About the Author

Cedric J. Robinson (1940-2016) was professor of black studies and political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His books include Black Marxism, Forgeries of Memory and Meaning, and An Anthropology of Marxism.
H. L. T. Quan is associate professor of justice and social inquiry at Arizona State University.
Avery F. Gordon is professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1Coming to Terms with Marxian Taxonomy1
2The Social Origins of Materialism and Socialism23
3German Critical Philosophy and Marx75
4The Discourse on Economics113
5Reality and its Representation151
Index161

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As a theory with answers for everything, Marxism has become a covenant of faith for some and a whipping boy for others. But easy answers often fail to live up to the aesthetic, ethical, and sacred demands of liberation. In this rebuke of "evangelical politics," Cedric Robinson sutures the conceptual architecture of scientific Marxism to its disinherited heretical intimates. An Anthropology of Marxism is a model of rigorous research that allows itself to be a vessel for the immaterial that is eminently perceivable to those who seek it. If you care about creativity, the will to survive, and cultivating love for all things, Robinson's writing is a guide. In the face of brutality, murder, and vulgar racist vitriol, we can live.--Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, University of California, Irvine



Cedric Robinson was a great and wonderful man and a brilliant scholar. Everything he wrote is of incalculable value, and An Anthropology of Marxism is no exception. With great brilliance, clarity, and aplomb, it traces a broad, global history of socialism that predates the variations on that tradition that emerged in the work and wake of Marx and suggests, even more importantly, that socialism predates capitalism as well--indeed, that capitalism is the brutal regulatory mode that responds to socialism. Robinson not only extends a lifelong project devoted to the study, articulation and establishment of the alternative; he also lets us know, again, that the alternative is and has been at hand, that the alternative is closest not only to what we want but also to what we are. Both because of the revolutionary importance of its thesis and because of its erudition and elegance, this book remains indispensable.--Fred Moten, New York University

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