Tormey and Townshend have succeeded not only in making accessible
the notoriously evasive ideas of Post-Marxist thinkers, they have
begun the vital work of critically examining their contribution to
Marx s project of overcoming capitalism' - James Martin,
"Goldsmiths College, University of London
In language which is clear without being simplistic, Tormey and
Townshend help readers think about ways to live with and without
Marx in the wake of marxism s historical failures as well as its
continuing relevance to life under globalizing capitalism. Insofar
as such an era calls forcritical theories which hold out the
potential of collective social action and transformative politics
in an increasingly capitalist but nonetheless plural world without
presupposing a particular form, outcome or teleology this is an
important book for our time'
- Mark Rupert, "Syracuse University
Key Thinkers in Critical Theory to Post Marxism is the first
comprehensive introduction to perhaps the most key intellectual
trend in contemporary critical theory. In jargon-free language, it
seeks to unpack, explain and review many of the key figures behind
the rethinking of the legacy of Marxism in theory and practice.
Key thinkers covered include Cornelius Castoriadis,
Jean-Francois Lyotard, Deleuze and Guattari, Laclau and Mouffe,
Agnes Heller, Jacques Derrida, J rgen Habermas and post-Marxist
Each chapter covers a key thinker or contribution and thus can
be read as a stand alone introduction to the principal aspects of
their approach. Each chapter is followed by a summary of key points
with a guide to further reading.
Underlying the text is also the central question: What is
Instead of viewing Post-Marxism as an ideology, movement or
tradition of theorizing, the authors advocate Post-Marxism as a
loose appellation describing those who have problematised Marx s
approach to understanding and challenging contemporary capitalism.
As such the book also offers an engaging commentary on some of the
key political developments of our time including, for example, the
Key Thinkers in Critical Theory to Post Marxism provides an
ideal introduction to a hitherto complex subject and will be
essential reading for all students of contemporary social and
political inquiry today.
Sage Publications Ltd
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