Capitalism and Cultural Studies
Cultural Studies commonly claims to be a radical discipline. This book thinks that's a bad assessment. Cultural theorists love to toy with Marx, but critical thinking seems to fall into obvious traps.
After an introduction which explains why the 'Marxism' of the academy is unrecognisable and largely unrecognised in anti-capitalist struggles, Bad Marxism provides detailed analyses of Cultural Studies' cherished moves by holding fieldwork, archives, empires, hybrids and exchange up against the practical criticism of anti-capitalism.
Engaging with the work of key thinkers: Jacques Derrida, James Clifford, Gayatri Spivak, Georges Bataille, Homi Bhabha, Michael Hardt and Toni Negri, Hutnyk concludes by advocating an open Marxism that is both pro-party and pro-critique, while being neither dogmatic, nor dull.
John Hutnyk was Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, London. He is the author of Bad Marxism (Pluto Press, 2004) and Critique of Exotica (Pluto Press, 2000).
Part I: Clifford's Ethnographica
1. Clifford and Malinowski
2. Fort Ross Mystifications
Part II: firstname.lastname@example.org
Part III: Tales from Raj
6. On Empire
7. Difference and Opposition
8. The Chapatti Story
Part IV: Bataille's Wars: Surrealism, Marxism, Fascism
Conclusion: The Cultivation of Capital Studies
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