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The Alternative to Capitalism

Kieran Allen

An accessible and comprehensive overview of the ideas of Karl Marx that elucidates his theories and suggests crucial alternatives to capitalism
If we are serious about finding a different way to run the post-credit crunch society, we must start by introducing alternatives to undergraduates. Kieran Allen begins the task with an accessible and comprehensive look at the ideas of Karl Marx.

Dispensing with the dryness of traditional explanations of Marx, Allen shows how Marx's ideas apply to modern society. The first section briefly outlines Marx's life and the development of his work, then goes on to clearly explain his key theories, including historical materialism and surplus value. The second section examines alternatives to capitalism, the concept of 'anti-capitalism' and provides concrete, contemporary examples of Marx’s theories being put into practice in today's world.

Kieran Allen is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University College Dublin. His books include 1916: Ireland's Revolutionary Tradition (2016) and The Politics of James Connolly (2016).

1. Rebel with a Cause
2. A for Profit Society
3. Alienation
4. Social Class
5. Gender and Race
6. How We are Kept in Line
7. Historical Materialism
8. Crash: How the System Implodes
9. Utopia or Revolution
10. After the Revolution
11. The Economics of Socialism
12. Into the Beyond
Guide to Further Reading
Select Bibliography
Published by Pluto Press in Sep 2017
Paperback ISBN: 9780745337425
eBook ISBN: 9781786802026
eBook ISBN: 9781786802026

240 pages

135mm x 215mm