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Key Thinkers from Critical Theory to Post-Marxism (Electronic book text)
Key Thinkers from Critical Theory to Post-Marxism (Electronic book text): Simon Tormey, Jules Townshend
Key Thinkers from Critical Theory to Post-Marxism (Electronic book text): Simon Tormey, Jules Townshend

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Key Thinkers from Critical Theory to Post-Marxism (Electronic book text)

Simon Tormey, Jules Townshend

Series: Sage Politics Texts

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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 feminism.

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 Post-Marxism?

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 anti-globalisation movement.

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.


Imprint: Sage Publications Ltd
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Sage Politics Texts
Release date: June 2006
Authors: Simon Tormey • Jules Townshend
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 240
ISBN-13: 978-1-4462-3924-7
Barcode: 9781446239247
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-4462-3924-1

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