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The Micro-Politics of Capital: Marx and the Prehistory of the Present
by Jason Read
Re-reads Marx in light of the contemporary critical interrogation of subjectivity. What is the relation between the economy, or the mode of production, and culture, beliefs, and desires? How is it possible to think of these relations without reducing one to the other, or effacing one for the sake of the other? To answer these questions. The Micro-Politics of Capital re-rea ...more
Paperback, 213 pages
Published September 24th 2003 by State University of New York Press
(first published 2003)
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One of the most suggestive readings of Marx's work since Althusser's Reading "Capital". It constructs a terrain on which the concerns of poststructuralism and Marxism proper (the "proper" being, precisely, what is in question) can meet and negotiate. To that extent the book is not only a theoretical breakthrough: it is also of great political import.
although I feel as if I have my fingers crossed behind my back while holding marx's hand, as we get more and more acquainted I continue to be both awed and intimidated by his conceptual corpus. Jason Read is a well-versed in Marx, utilizing Althusser, Foucault, Deleuze, Virno, Hardt and Negri and Balibar-- more to make illustrative points than to map these theorists' relations systematically. During discussion of primitive accumulation (chpt. 1) and formal subsumption (chpt. 3), he has some extr ...more