Pluto Press Logo

Independent Radical Publishing




On the Blog

How to Read Marx's Capital

How to Read Marx's Capital

by Stephen Shapiro

Series: How to Read Theory

Clear and comprehensive guide to one of Marx's greatest works, Capital, written in a highly accessible style.
Capital Volume I is essential reading on many undergraduate courses, but the structure and style of the book can be confusing for students, leading them to abandon the text. This book is a clear guide to reading Marx's classic text, which explains the reasoning behind the book's structure and provides help with the more technical aspects that non-economists may find taxing.

Students are urged to think for themselves and engage with Marx's powerful methods of argument and explanation. Shapiro shows that Capital is key to understanding critical theory and cultural production.

This highly focused book will prove invaluable to students of politics, cultural studies and literary theory.

Stephen Shapiro is Professor of American Literature at the University of Warwick. He is the author of How to Read Marx's Capital (Pluto, 2008) and How to Read Foucault's Discipline and Punishment (Pluto, 2011).

Part One: Commodities and Money
1. The Commodity
2. The Process of Exchange
3. Money, or the Circulation of Commodities
Part Two: The Transformation of Money into Capital
4. The General Formula for Capital
5. Contradictions in the General Formula
6. The Sale and Purchase of Labour-power
Part Three: The Production of Absolute Surplus-Value
7. The Labour Process and the Valorisation Process
8. Constant Capital and Variable Capital
9. The Rate of Surplus-Value
10. The Working Day
11. The Rate and Mass of Surplus-Value
Part Four: The Production of Relative Surplus-Value
12. The Concept of Relative Surplus-Value
13. Co-operation
14. The Division of Labour and Manufacture
15. Machinery and Large-Scale Industry
Part Five: The Production of Absolute and Relative Surplus-Value
16. Absolute and Relative Surplus-Value
17. Changes of Magnitude in the Price of Labour-power and in Surplus-value
18: Different Formulae for the Rate of Surplus-Value
Part Six: Wages
19. The Transformation of the Value (and Respectively the Price) of Labour-power into Wages
20. Time-Wages
21. Piece Wages
22. National Differences in Wages
Part Seven: The Process of Accumulation of Capital
23. Simple Reproduction
24. The Transformation of Surplus-Value into Capital
25. The General Law of Capitalist Accumulation
Part Eight: So-Called Primitive ["Originating"] Accumulation
26. The Secret of Primitive Accumulation
27. The Expropriation of the Agricultural Population from the Land
28. Bloody Legislation Against the Expropriated Since the End of the Fifteenth Century. The Forcing Down of Wages by Act of Parliament
29. The Genesis of the Capitalist Farmer
30. Impact of the Agricultural Revolution on Industry. The Creation of a Home Market for Industrial Capital
31. The Genesis of the Industrial Capitalist
32. The Historical Tendency of Capitalist Accumulation
33. The Modern Theory of Colonisation
Suggestions for Further Reading
Published by Pluto Press in Mar 2008
Paperback ISBN: 9780745325613
eBook ISBN: 9781783710850

125mm x 177mm