Marxism and Social Movements (Historical Materialism Book by Colin Barker, Laurence Cox, John Krinsky, Alf Gunvald Nilsen

By Colin Barker, Laurence Cox, John Krinsky, Alf Gunvald Nilsen

Edited by way of Colin Barker, Manchester Metropolitan college, Laurence Cox, nationwide college of eire Maynooth, John Krinsky, the town university of latest York, and Alf Gunvald Nilsen, college of Berge

Marxism and Social pursuits is the 1st sustained engagement among social circulation conception and Marxist methods to collective motion. The chapters accumulated right here, through best figures in either fields, speak about the opportunity of a Marxist idea of social activities; discover the developmental approaches and political tensions inside of routine; set the query in an extended ancient point of view; and examine modern routine opposed to neo-liberalism and austerity.

Exploring struggles on six continents over one hundred fifty years, this assortment indicates the ability of Marxist research in relation not just to classification politics, labour routine and revolutions but additionally anti-colonial and anti-racist struggles, group activism and environmental justice, indigenous struggles and anti-austerity protest. It units a brand new schedule either for Marxist idea and for move research.


"The monetary instances definitely dissects Marx’s rules of their weekend version, whereas today’s radical activities reminiscent of weather Camp, Slutwalk, or Occupy deal with Marx with suspicion or maybe contempt. those contradictory phenomena make Barker et al.’s Marxism and Social routine the entire extra very important. The essays during this assortment goal to advance either the instruments essential to comprehend today’s social events, and an research which may clarify the marginality of Marxism inside them. extra essentially, the ebook additionally units out to set up a Marxist framework for social stream examine and perform, the place another way one has been absent.
Mark Bergfeld, the Oxford Left evaluation

"Given the lack of politically really apt and penetrating analyses of latest well known mobilisations, Marxism and Social hobbies is a well timed and clean contribution to social flow experiences. although the subject material tested in each one bankruptcy is various- spanning, in overall, struggles throughout six continents and over one hundred fifty years-the edited quantity as a complete provides a compelling case for reviving Marxist analytical frameworks to check social movements." Puneet Dhaliwal , Ceasefire, released on October seventeenth, 2013


Table of contents
Marxism and Social events: An creation, Colin Barker, Laurence Cox, John Krinsky and Alf Gunvald Nilsen


Marxism and Social Movements

1. Class-Struggle and Social pursuits, Colin Barker
2. What might a Marxist conception of Social routine glance Like?, Alf Gunvald Nilsen and Laurence Cox

Social-Movements stories and its Discontents

3. The unusual Disappearance of Capitalism from Social-Movement reviews, Gabriel Hetland and Jeff Goodwin
4. Marxism and the Politics of threat: past educational limitations, John Krinsky


Developmental views on Social Movements

1. Eppur Si Muove: pondering ‘The Social Movement’, Laurence Cox
2. Class-Formation and the Labour-Movement in progressive China, Marc Blecher
3. Contesting the Postcolonial Development-Project: A Marxist point of view on renowned Resistance within the Narmada Valley, Alf Gunvald Nilsen

The Politics of Social Movements

4. The Marxist Rank-And-File/Bureaucracy research of Trade-Unionism: a few Implications for the research of Social-Movement companies, Ralph Darlington
5. protecting position, Remaking house: Social events in Oaxaca and Chiapas, Chris Hesketh
6. asymmetric and mixed Marxism inside South Africa’s city Social routine, Patrick Bond, Ashwin Desai and Trevor Ngwane

PART three: SEEING the larger PICTURE

Comparative-Historical Perspective

1. considering (New) Social activities: a few Insights from the British Marxist Historians, Paul Blackledge
2. Right-Wing Social activities: The Political Indeterminacy Of Mass Mobilisation, Neil Davidson
3. category, Caste, Colonial Rule, And Resistance: The insurrection of 1857 In India, Hira Singh
4. The Black foreign as Social-Movement Wave: C.L.R. James’s historical past of Pan-African rebellion, Christian Høgsbjerg

Social routine opposed to Neoliberalism

5. Language, Marxism and the greedy of Policy-Agendas: Neoliberalism and Political Voice in Scotland’s Poorest groups, Chik Collins
6. natural Intellectuals within the Australian Global-Justice move: the load of 11th of September, Elizabeth Humphrys
7. ‘Disorganisation’ as Social-Movement Tactic: Reappropriating Politics throughout the hindrance of Neoliberal Capitalism, Heike Schaumberg
8. ‘Unity of The Diverse’: Working-Class Formations and renowned Uprisings From Cochabamba to Cairo, David McNally

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Capital’s endless drive for surplus value directly opposes wage labour’s needs, making ‘class struggle’ an inherent property of this system of social relations. Yet, even considered at its most abstract level, class struggle is interwoven with competitive impulses. 11 And if the bearers of wage labour may represent a unity vis-à-vis capital, competition also divides them into potentially ‘enemy brothers and sisters’. This suggests that translating ‘class interests’ into political action must always be a difficult process within capitalism, for the social forces at its heart are characterised by competitive rivalries and mutual conflicts.

In reflecting on, distilling and articulating the development of movement practice and theory across so many movements, periods and regions of the world, they also continue the deeper Marxist project of a theory which is not simply ‘applied from above’ to the popular movements that shake states and transform economic relations, but remains open to learning and dialogue in both directions. 1 1 Marxism’s approach to social movements is framed by a theory of ‘class struggle’. Marx denied that he discovered the ‘class struggle’, attributing this to the historians of the French Revolution.

Because the postmodern and NSM critiques are often conflated – a conflation that affected the way the original NSM theories were received, and even elaborated, in the United States and Britain – the charges of ahistoricism and idealism often stuck to both. But like the postmodern challenges in social history, as well as challenges to Marxist conceptions of class among feminist historians, the NSM-oriented critics, diverse as they were, forced similar questions on Marxists concerning the constitution of actors, the making of class, and the role of language and symbolic action in ‘experience’.

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