This book offers a unique re-conceptualization of Marxism in bringing together leading scholars across disciplines — history, philosophy, economics, politics, sociology, and literary and culture studies — into one comprehensive corpus. It demonstrates the engaging relevance of the perspectives and techniques of the analyses adopted by Karl Marx, Frederich Engels and contemporary Marxists, and will be immensely useful to scholars and researchers across social sciences as well as general readers interested in Marxism.
‘The editors deliver what they promise: a book on Marxism that is both beyond and with Marx . . . It is particularly valuable for readers in the pan-European world because almost all the authors are from South Asia and see the world with different glasses. The book is both refreshing and illuminating.’ — Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University
‘A superb presentation of the thinking of the radical Indian left. It rigorously analyzes the social reality of India today, with and beyond Marx, and describes the reactions, when faced by this challenge, of the Indian communist left, both within the Communist Party of India (CPI-M) and in the Maoist organizations.’ — Samir Amin, Third World Forum
‘Marx once declared his favourite saying to be: ‘Nothing human is alien to me’. It is in this spirit that the exceptional scholars gathered here, most of them from South Asia, demonstrate the continuing vitality of critical Marxist scholarship. Tackling a stunning range of questions from aesthetics to the theory of imperialism, these essays offer powerful new insights into issues of politics, history, economics, culture and ideology. It is diffi cult to imagine any reader who will not be stimulated, provoked and even inspired by what awaits them in Marxism: With and Beyond Marx.’ — David McNally, York University
Acknowledgements. Introduction Amiya Kumar Bagchi and Amita Chatterjee 1. Alienation and Freedom: Marx’s Ontology of Social Being Aijaz Ahmad 2. Beyond the Binaries: Notes on Karl Marx’s and Rabindranath Tagore’s Ideas on Human Capacities and Alienation Himani Bannerji 3. The Subject as a Philosophical Problem in the Prison Manuscripts of Antonio Gramsci and Nikolai Bukharin Sobhanlal Datta Gupta 4. Marx and Engels’ Geopolitical Economy Radhika Desai 5. What Causes Booms? Alan Freeman 6. Economic Turbulence in Capitalism: Twentieth Century and Beyond Vamsi Vakulabharanam 7. Empire and Nation Today Partha Chatterjee 8. Has Imperalism Become an Obsolete Concept? Prabhat Patnaik 9. Major Historical Problems In The Light Of Marxism — A Note Irfan Habib 10. Marx and the Materialist Tradition in Indian Philosophy Ramkrishna Bhattacharya 11. Revolutionary Movements in a Post-Marxian Era Sumanta Banerjee 12.Class, Community and Identity Politics of the ‘Adivasi’ in Contemporary India Archana Prasad 13. Beyond Armed Struggle Nirmalangshu Mukherji 14. Rosa Luxemburg as Literary Critic and Literary Theorist Subhoranjan Dasgupta 15. The Folk Artist as ‘Traditional Intellectual’ and the Culture of Resistance Malini Bhattacharya. About the Editors. Notes on Contributors. Index