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Routledge Handbook of Marxism and Post-Marxism

ISBN 9781138555525
Published December 30, 2020 by Routledge
598 Pages

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Book Description

In the past two decades, Marxism has enjoyed a revitalization as a research program and a growth in its audience. This renaissance is connected to the revival of anti-capitalist contestation since the Seattle protests in 1999 and the impact of the global economic and financial crisis in 2007–8. It intersects with the emergence of Post-Marxism since the 1980s represented by thinkers such as Jürgen Habermas, Chantal Mouffe, Ranajit Guha and Alain Badiou.

This handbook explores the development of Marxism and Post-Marxism, setting them in dialogue against a truly global backdrop. Transcending the disciplinary boundaries between philosophy, economics, politics and history, an international range of expert contributors guide the reader through the main varieties and preoccupations of Marxism and Post-Marxism. Through a series of framing and illustrative essays, readers will explore these traditions, starting from Marx and Engels themselves, through the thinkers of the Second and Third Internationals (Rosa Luxemburg, Lenin and Trotsky, among others), the Tricontinental, and Subaltern and Post-Colonial Studies, to more contemporary figures such as Huey Newton, Fredric Jameson, Judith Butler, Immanuel Wallerstein and Samir Amin.

The Routledge Handbook of Marxism and Post-Marxism will be of interest to scholars and researchers of philosophy, cultural studies and theory, sociology, political economics and several areas of political science, including political theory, Marxism, political ideologies and critical theory.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Alex Callinicos, Stathis Kouvelakis, and Lucia Pradella

Part 1: Foundation:

2. Karl Marx (1818-1883)

Lucia Pradella

3. Friedrich Engels (1820-95)

Roland Boer

Part 2: Empire

4. Marxism in the Age of Imperialism – the Second International

Daniel Gaido and Manuel Quiroga

5. Karl Kautsky (1854-1938)

Jukka Gronow

6. Rosa Luxemburg (1879-1919)

Peter Hudis

Part 3: Second Foundation

7. Marxism in The Era of The Russian Revolution

Alex Callinicos

8. György Lukács (1885-1971)

Bianca Imbiriba Bonente and João Leonardo Medeiros

9. Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937)

André Tosel

10. Leon Trotsky (1879-1940)

Paul Le Blanc

11. Amadeo Bordiga (1889-1970)

Pietro Basso

12. Walter Benjamin (1892-1940)

Enzo Traverso

13. Theodor W. Adorno (1903-69)

Henry W. Pickford

14. Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979)

Arnold Farr

Part 4: Tricontinental

15. Marxism outside Europe

Vijay Prashad

16. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924)

Lars Lih

17. James Connolly (1868-1916)

Kieran Allen

18. José Carlos Mariátegui (1894-1930)

Mike Gonzalez

19. Mao Zedong (1893-1976)

Dhruv Jain

20. C.L.R. James (1901-89)

Christian Høgsbjerg

21. Marxist Theory in African Settler Societies

Allison Drew

22. Frantz Fanon (1925-61)

Leo Zeilig

Part 5: Renewal And Dispersal

23. Reading Capital in 1968

Frédéric Monferrand

24. Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-80)

Sam Coombes

25. Louis Althusser (1918-1990)

Maria Turchetto

26. Mario Tronti (1931- )

Davide Gallo Lassere

27. Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012)

George Souvlis

28. Nicos Poulantzas (1936-79)

Bob Jessop

29. Samir Amin (1931-2018)

Yousuf Al-Bulushi

30. Immanuel Wallerstein (1930-2019)

Marcel van der Linden

31. G. A. Cohen (1941-2009)

James Furner

32. Fredric Jameson (1934- )

Robert T. Tally Jr.

33. Daniel Bensaïd (1946-2010)

Darren Roso

Part 6: Beyond Marxism?

34. The "Crisis Of Marxism" and the Post-Marxist Moment

Stathis Kouvelakis

35. Ranajit Guha (1923- )

Alf Gunvald Nilsen

36. Jürgen Habermas (1929- )

Alex Demirović

37. Ernesto Laclau (1935-2014) And Chantal Mouffe (1943- )

Geoff Boucher

38. Antonio Negri (1933- )

Timothy S. Murphy

39. Alain Badiou (1937- )

Jason Barker

Part 7: Unexplored Territories

40. Global Marx?

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

41. Angela Davis (1944- )

Andrew Lamas

42. Lise Vogel (1938- ) and Social Reproduction Theory

Tithi Bhattacharya

43. Stuart Hall (1932-2014)

Colin Sparks

44. Judith Butler (1956- )

Terrell Carver

45. Ecological Marxism

Camilla Royle

46. Huey P. Newton (1942-1989)

John Narayan

47. Chandra Talpade Mohanty (1955- ) and Third World Feminism

Feyzi Ismail

Part 8: Hidden Abode

48. The Marxist Critique of Political Economy

Alex Callinicos

49. Henryk Grossman (1881-1950)

Rick Kuhn

50. Isaak Illich Rubin (1886-1937)

Riccardo Bellofiore

51. Paul Marlor Sweezy (1910–2004)

John Bellamy Foster

52. Kozo Uno (1897-1977)

Ryuji Sasaki and Kohei Saito

53. Harry Braverman (1920-1976)

Brett Clark and Stefano B. Longo

54. Ruy Mauro Marini (1932-1997)

Marcelo Dias Carcanholo and Hugo Correa

55. David Harvey (1935- )

Noel Castree

Part 9: Marxism in an Age of Catastrophe

56. Covid-19 and Catastrophe Capitalism: Commodity Chains and Ecological-Epidemiological-Economic Crises

John Bellamy Foster and Intan Suwandi

57. Afterword

Alex Callinicos

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Alex Callinicos is Emeritus Professor of European Studies at King’s College London and was editor of International Socialism from 2009 to 2020. His most recent books are Deciphering Capital (2014), Bonfire of Illusions (2010) and Imperialism and Global Political Economy (2009).

Stathis Kouvelakis taught political theory at King’s College London. He has published on Marxism, contemporary critical theory, French and Greek politics. His recent publications include La critique défaite: Emergence et domestication de la Théorie critique (Amsterdam, 2019) and Philosophy and Revolution: From Kant to Marx (2nd edition, 2017).

Lucia Pradella is a Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at King’s College London. Her publications include Globalization and the Critique of Political Economy: New Insights from Marx’s Writings (Routledge, 2015), L'attualità del capitale: Accumulazione e impoverimento nel capitalismo globale (2010) and Polarizing Development: Alternatives to Neoliberalism and the Crisis (co-edited, 2015).


"This Handbook is an outstanding contribution to Marxist scholarship. The chapters dealing with the various authors or issues are all of exceptional intellectual and political quality. Anyone interested in the Marxist tradition and on the present debates cannot miss reading this remarkable collection."

Michael Löwy, Emeritus Research Director National Center for Scientific Research, Paris

"The analysis of Marxism alongside the many currents of critical thought that have engaged with it over the years could not be more urgent. This splendid volume offers both the perfect introduction to the topic, and nuanced philosophical analyses of the relationship between Marxism and post-Marxist critiques of injustice based on gender, race and ethnicity. This is an intelligent and erudite book that shows us not only how to read Marx but also how to place the struggle against capitalism at the heart of a historically-sensitive, philosophically rigorous, genuinely intersectional, and decolonised, collective enterprise."

Lea Ypi, Professor of Political Theory, London School of Economics and Political Science

"The internationalization of Marxism, as is also well highlighted by this Handbook, has brought with it considerable expectations, nurtured by a vast plethora of subjects, in both theoretical and political contexts … This volume presents itself as a map that marks the points where it is advisable to stop in order to confront the contemporary articulation of capital and its implications for different areas, of both political economy and philosophical thought and of life."

Emanuale Lepore, MicroMega

"The Handbook is praise-worthy for plenty of reasons. It presents a great version of the Who’s Who of Marxism. It is an interdisciplinary undertaking. It is also an international project: it contains a wide range of scholars, from within Europe and outside. It shows that many good ideas have come from the Global South, some of which, as Prashad eloquently shows, connect the past traditions of ‘primitive socialism’ to contemporary people’s struggles. The Handbook also gives space to new versions of Marxism. ... The Handbook is an excellent intellectual map of global Marxism. If you wish to quickly have a sound idea about how Marxists think about the world, this Handbook is handy."

Raju Das, e-International Relations