This book presents a Marx that is in many ways different from the one popularized by the dominant currents of twentieth-century Marxism. The dual aim of this edited volume is to contribute to a new critical discussion of some of the classical themes of Marx’s thought and to develop a deeper analysis of certain questions to which relatively little attention has been paid until recently.
Contributions of globally renowned scholars, from nine countries and multiple academic disciplines, offer diverse and innovative perspectives on Marx’s points of view about ecology, migration, gender, the capitalist mode of production, the labour movement, globalization, social relations, and the contours of a possible socialist alternative.
The result is a collection that will prove indispensable for all specialists in the field and which suggests that Marx’s analyses are arguably resonating even more strongly today than they did in his own time.
Part I: Capitalism, Gender and Social Relations
1. Himani Bannerji, “The Factory and the Family as Spaces of Capital” 3
2. Silvia Federici, “Marx on Gender, Race, and Social Reproduction: A Feminist Perspective” 29
3. Bob Jessop, “Capital as a Social Relation: Form Analysis and Class Struggle” 53
4. Alfonso Maurizio Iacono, “Commodity and the Postmodern Spectacle” 77
Part II: Environmental Crisis and the Struggle for Nature
5. Kohei Saito, “Primitive Accumulation as the Cause of Economic and Ecological Disaster” 94
6. Gregory Claeys, “Marx and Environmental Catastrophe” 113
7. Razmig Keucheyan, “Finding a Way Out of the Anthropocene: The Theory of ‘Radical Needs’ and the Ecological Transition” 129
Part III: Migration, Labour and Globalization
8. David Norman Smith, “Accumulation and Its Discontents: Migration and Nativism in Marx’s Capital and Late Manuscripts” 151
9. Pietro Basso, “Marx on Migration and the Industrial Reserve Army: Not to Be Misused!” 217
10. Ranabir Samaddar, “Globalisation, Migrant Labour, and Capitalism: Past and Present” 239
Part IV: Communism as a Free Association
11. Marcello Musto, “The Experience of the Paris Commune and Marx’s Reflections on Communism” 263
12. Álvaro García Linera, “Communism as Probability and Contingency” 285
13. Michael Brie, “Uniting Communism and Liberalism: An Unsolvable Task or a Most Urgent Necessity?” 309