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From Marxism to Post-Marxism?

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In this succinct and panoramic work—both stimulating for the specialist and accessible to the general reader—one of the world’s leading social theorists, Göran Therborn, tackles the question of the trajectory of Marxism in the twentieth century and its legacy for radical thought in the twenty-first. Addressing the history of critical theory from the contemporary ...more
Hardcover, 194 pages
Published February 7th 2009 by Verso (first published November 24th 2008)
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Jose Palafox
Feb 11, 2009 Jose Palafox rated it really liked it
I'm not usually a fan of Therborn's work, however, I couldn't put this book down. I thought this was a great synthesis of the many challenges that recent work of Antonio Negri, Alain Badiou, Chantal Mouffe, and Slavoj Zizek bring to the Marxist dinner table.

However, this table is too eurocentric for me. This book is, as the Latin American philosopher Enrique Dussel puts it, "a eurocentric critique of eurocentrism", i.e., its still caught in a critique within "the canon" of Western Marxism. Where
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That to make of a book that has a profile of Marx in sand for a cover. The shortish book is primarily three essays, one on the back political backdrop of Marxism in the Neo-liberal period, and two on the early parts of the 20th century. The three essays were previously available, and were functionally a material overview with some challenges to "orthodoxy." The first essay "Into the Twenty-First Century: The New Parameters of Global Politics," Therborn posted that the irreverence and class ...more
Therborn ignores a number of Marxist or pseduo-Marxist movements that lack political/academic backing (at least in the traditional sense) especially the Autonomist-Marxist movement (especially glaring is the lack of coverage given to the midnight notes collective); despite this this is a crisp, concise, well written analysis of the "movements" within Marxist thought.
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Why did Marxists turn all philosophical in the 20th Century? Therborn explains why.
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Göran Therborn is a professor of sociology at Cambridge University and is amongst the most highly cited contemporary Marxian-influenced sociologists. He has published widely in journals such as the New Left Review, and is notable for his writing on topics that fall within the general political and sociological framework of post-Marxism. Topics on which he has written extensively include the ...more
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