Class Action: Reading Labor, Theory, and Value

Class Action: Reading Labor, Theory, and Value

by William Corlett


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Class Action attempts to contest capitalist economics and to strengthen workers' organizations while respecting the importance of all members of society. It reveals the numbers of human lives marked for extinction by capitalist ideology and often erased by traditional Marxism. Award-winning author William Corlett looks at the plight of homeless and jobless people as an extreme case of how Americans' sense of self-worth has become entangled with the circulation of money and commodities.

Within a theoretical framework that draws from the works of Jacques Lacan, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, and Jacques Derrida, Corlett reinterprets some of Marx's best-known texts and moves toward a plan for direct action. Relocating union organizing and anticapitalist struggle to the least-valued sites in communities can, Corlett argues, encourage people to share resources in mutual support and defense while practicing irredentist maneuvers in the name of a Labor underground.

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ISBN-13: 9780801483554
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 10/22/1998
Series: 12/15/2003
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.66(d)

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