Manipulating Needs: Capitalism and Culture
The author of this book postulates that, although ideology does have its place, socialism in the advanced capitalist societies is dependent on the development of a culture of opposition that provides resources for meeting identity needs. By drawing on the works of Marcuse, Seve, Gorz and Habermas, Lebziak offers an accessible and powerful rendition of the manipulation of n...more
Unknown Binding, 192 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Pluto Press (UK)
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This is a challenging book for scholars and activists on the left because Lodziak presents a potent Marxist critique of the dominant tendencies in much of contemporary Marxist social theory and scholarly analysis. For much of the last 60 or more years leftist scholarly theory has centred on the power of ideology, and indeed a large portion of left-wing political practice has been centred on a need for ideological struggle. Lodziak's powerful critique of this position come not from the approach t...more