Democracy Against Capitalism: Renewing Historical Materialism

Verso Books, 1. mar. 2016 - 320 sider
Historian and political thinker Ellen Meiksins Wood argues that theories of “postmodern” fragmentation, “difference,” and con-tingency can barely accommodate the idea of capitalism, let alone subject it to critique. In this book she sets out to renew the critical program of historical materialism by redefining its basic concepts and its theory of history in original and imaginative ways, using them to identify the specificity of capitalism as a system of social relations and political power. She goes on to explore the concept of democracy in both the ancient and modern world, examining its relation to capitalism, and raising questions about how democracy might go beyond the limits imposed on it.

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The separation of the economic and the political in capitalism
Rethinking base and superstructure
Class as process and relationship
History or technological determinism?
History or teleology? Marx versus Weber
Labour and democracy ancient and modern
from ancient to modern
Civil society and the politics of identity
race gender and democracy

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Ellen Meiksins Wood, for many years Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto, is the au-thor of many books, including 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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