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Reading 'Capital' Today

Reading 'Capital' Today

Marx after 150 Years

Edited by Ingo Schmidt and Carlo Fanelli

150 years after the publication of Marx's Capital, this edited collection explores the book's relevance today.
Recent years have seen a surge of interest in Marxian political economy and especially Marx's great work Capital. 150 years after the book's original publication, are there readings of Capital that can help us find new pathways to progressive or revolutionary change?

In this wide-ranging new volume, leading thinkers reflect on Capital's legacy, its limitations and its continuing relevance for today, highlighting issues including ecology, gender, race, labour, communism, the 'Third World' and imperialism.

The contributors also aim to identify the connections between Capital and various socialist projects of the past, and draw lessons from those experiences that might contribute to the reinvention of socialist politics today.

Contributors include: Ingo Schmidt, Carlo Fanelli, William Pelz, Anej Korsika, Prabhat Patnaik, Silvia Federici, Paul Thompson, Chris Smith, Peter Gose, Justin Paulson, Jeff Noonan, Hannah Holleman and Peter Hudis.

Ingo Schmidt is academic co-ordinator of the Labour Studies Program at Athabasca University, Canada. His research focuses on international political economy and labour movements. His recent books include Reading 'Capital' Today (Pluto, 2017), The Three Worlds of Social Democracy (Pluto, 2015) and Rosa Luxemburg's Accumulation of Capital (VSA Verlag, 2013).

Carlo Fanelli teaches in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University, Canada. He is the author of Megacity Malaise (Fernwood Publishing, 2016) and editor of Reading 'Capital' Today (Pluto, 2017). He also edits the journal Alternate Routes.

'Addresses not only capital and labour, and early experiments in socialism, but also questions of gender, ecology, and imperialism. What we learn is that reading Marx's Capital in the present as history can renew our vision of a more egalitarian world beyond capitalism: that of socialism in the twenty-first century' - John Bellamy Foster, editor of Monthly Review 'Celebrates and interrogates Marx's Capital for its meaning today, as the neoliberal counterrevolution mutates into ever more grotesque political and economic forms. For reading Marx in our time, Schmidt and Fanelli have gathered a series of vital interventions on some of the most important theoretical and political themes in Marx for the struggles that lie in front of us' - Greg Albo, Political Science, York University '[A]n ideal text for collective that has studied Capital and wants to explore the possibilities of its application. ... It can help socialists to explore new ways that they might use Capital in their political struggles and the fight for socialism.' - Marx & Philosophy Review of Books

Introduction: Capital After 150 Years - Ingo Schmidt and Carlo Fanelli
1. Capital and the History of Class Struggle - Ingo Schmidt
2. Capital and the First International - William A. Pelz
3. Capital and Soviet Communism - Anej Korsika
4. Capital and the Labour Theory of Value - Prabhat Patnaik
5. Capital and Gender - Silvia Federici
6. Capital and its ‘Laws of Motion’: Determination, Praxis and the Human Science/Natural Science Question - Peter Gose and Justin Paulson
7. Capital and the Labour Process - Paul Thompson and Chris Smith
8. Capital and Organized Labour - Carlo Fanelli and Jeff Noonan
9. Capital and Ecology - Hannah Holleman
10. Imagining Society Beyond Capital - Peter Hudis
Notes on Contributors

Published by Pluto Press in Apr 2017
Paperback ISBN: 9780745399713
eBook ISBN: 9781786800855

224 pages

135mm x 215mm