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Change the World Without Taking Power

Change the World Without Taking Power

The Meaning of Revolution Today

by John Holloway

Series: Get Political

New edition of John Holloway's contemporary classic fusion of political philosophy and activism, including an extensive new preface by the author.
The wave of political demonstrations since the Battle of Seattle in 2001 have crystallised a new trend in left-wing politics. Modern protest movements are grounding their actions in both Marxism and Anarchism, fighting for radical social change in terms that have nothing to do with the taking of state power. This is in clear opposition to the traditional Marxist theory of revolution, which centres on the overthrow of government. In this book, John Holloway asks how we can reformulate our understanding of revolution as the struggle against power, not for power.

After a century of failed attempts by revolutionary and reformist movements to bring about radical social change, the concept of revolution itself is in crisis. John Holloway opens up the theoretical debate, reposing some of the basic concepts of Marxism in a critical development of the subversive Marxist tradition represented by Adorno, Bloch and Lukacs, amongst others, and grounded in a rethinking of Marx's concept of 'fetishisation' - how doing is transformed into being.

John Holloway has published widely on Marxist theory, on the Zapatista movement and on the new forms of anti-capitalist struggle. His book Change the World without Taking Power has been translated into eleven languages and has stirred an international debate, and Crack Capitalism is a renowned classic. He is currently Professor of Sociology in the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades of the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Mexico.

'Stands alongside Hardt and Negri's Empire as one of the two key texts of contemporary autonomist Marxism' - Alex Callinicos, Capital & Class 'This is a refreshing, thought provoking book ... A must read for every student and practitioner of political science' - USI Journal 'Holloway's thesis is indeed important and worthy of notice' - Richard J. F. Day. TOPIA, Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies
Preface to the New Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1. The Scream
2. Beyond the State?
3. Beyond Power?
4. AFetishism - The Tragic Dilemma
5. Fetishism and Fetishisation
6. Anti-Fetishism and Criticism
7. The Tradition of Scientific Marxism
8. The Critical-Revolutionary Subject
9. The Material Reality of Anti-Power
10. The Material Reality of Anti-Power and the Crisis of Capital
11. Revolution?
12. Epilogue to new edition: Moving Against and Beyond: Reflections on a Discussion
Published by Pluto Press in Sep 2010
Paperback ISBN: 9780745339320
eBook ISBN: 9781786804709

296 pages

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