Rethinking Alternatives with Marx

Economy, Ecology and Migration
New York: Palgrave Macmillan
xxxi + 312 pages

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.

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“These essays, skillfully assembled by Marcello Musto, demonstrate the resilient power of Marxist ideas in contemporary contexts of battles over gender equality, migrant rights, and saving the environment of our planet. Much recommended”.
– Mike Davis
“This important volume expands our notions of Marx and of the present crisis with probing and luminous treatments of gender and the family; environmental destruction and capitalism; dispossession, migration, and nativism in relation to authoritarianism; and the communist alternative”.
– Kevin B. Anderson
“In this book Marcello Musto has brought together prestigious scholar-activists who guide us through the frontiers of struggle for our times, from gender and race to migration and the climate crisis. We learn to theorize capital’s predation and can therefore recommit ourselves to its undoing”.
– Tithi Bhattacharya

Table of contents

Preface xv
Acknowledgements xxiii

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

Index 339