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East-Asian Marxisms and Their Trajectories

1st Edition

Edited by Joyce C.H. Liu, Viren Murthy


242 pages

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In this volume, leading scholars from around the world suggest that radical ideologies have shaped complex historical processes in East Asia by examining how intellectuals and activists interpreted, rethought and criticized Marxism in East Asia. The contributors to this volume ask how we can use Marxism to understand East Asia in a global capitalist world, and where the problems that Marxism highlighted, including imperialism, domination and inequality, are increasingly prevalent.

The volume draws on various disciplines to reinterpret Marx, and shed light on the complex dynamics of global capitalism in various historical/national contexts. The distinguished contributors illuminate, rethink and make accessible highly complex Marxist concepts, such as the question of class contradiction, the temporalities of capitalism, real and formal subsumption, relative surplus value and the commodity form, the question of class and the proletariat.

At a time when people around the world are struggling to cope with the crises of global capitalism, this volume on regional responses to capitalism is especially welcome. It will be of interest to students and scholars of East Asian studies, social and political theory, sociology and globalization studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction Marxism, Space, Time and East Asia

[Viren MURTHY & Joyce C. H. LIU]

Part I Perspectives of Capital: Universality, Particularity and Temporality

(1) Deprovincializing Marx: Reflections on a Cultural Dominant


(2) Marx, Temporality, and Modernity -

[Moishe POSTONE]

(3) Two Kinds of New Poor and Their Future

[WANG Hui]

(4) On the simultaneous World Revolution


Part II Trajectories of Marxisms in Japan, China and Korea

(1) Historical Difference and the Question of East Asian Marxism

[Max WARD]

(2) Value without Fetish – Problematizing Uno Kōzō's Reading of the Value Form

[Elena Louisa LANGE]

(3) Compradors: The Mediating Middle of Capitalism in Twentieth Century China and the World

[Rebecca KARL]

(4) A Vast Crucible of Electric Flame": The Collapse of Liberal Society in Shanghai and the Rise of the Masses


(5) Paradoxical Routes of the Sinification of Marxism

[Joyce C. H. LIU]

(6) The Formation and the Limits of the People’s Democracy: A Critical History of Contemporary South Korean Marxism

[Seung-wook BAEK]

(7) Imagining Asia/Provincializing Marxism: Takeuchi Yoshimi and His Transnational Afterlives

[Viren MURTHY]

About the Editors

Joyce C.H. Liu is Professor of Critical Theory, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies, Chiao Tung University, Taiwan.

Viren Murthy teaches Transnational Asian History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA and researches Chinese and Japanese Intellectual History.

About the Series


The Series provides a forum for innovative and interdisciplinary work that engages with alternative critical, post-structural, feminist, postcolonial, psychoanalytic and cultural approaches to international relations and global politics. In our first 5 years we have published 60 volumes.

We aim to advance understanding of the key areas in which scholars working within broad critical post-structural traditions have chosen to make their interventions, and to present innovative analyses of important topics. Titles in the series engage with critical thinkers in philosophy, sociology, politics and other disciplines and provide situated historical, empirical and textual studies in international politics.


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  • Jenny Edkins (jennyedkins@hotmail.com) and
  • Nick Vaughan-Williams (N.Vaughan-Williams@Warwick.ac.uk).

‘As Michel Foucault has famously stated, "knowledge is not made for understanding; it is made for cutting" In this spirit The Edkins - Vaughan-Williams Interventions series solicits cutting edge, critical works that challenge mainstream understandings in international relations. It is the best place to contribute post disciplinary works that think rather than merely recognize and affirm the world recycled in IR's traditional geopolitical imaginary.’

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General