Post-Marxism: A Reader by Stuart Sim

By Stuart Sim

This is often the 1st souce-book for the cross-disciplinary sector. It takes scholars via quite a lot of readings from philosophy, politics, and sociology, to human geography, diplomacy, and feminist stories. Bringing jointly statesments from top twentieth-century thinkers equivalent to Derrida, Lyotard, Baudrillard, and Laclau and Mouffe, and with the editor's massive advent, this can be an incredible instructing textual content, inspiring debate concerning the way forward for Marxism as a cultural conception.

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The Hegelian conception of the bureaucracy as a universal class is the perfect theoretical crystallisation of this perspective. It has been transferred to the sociological plane in so far as the diversification of levels within the social following a functionalist, structuralist or any other similar perspective is linked to a conception of each of these levels as constituting moments of an intelligible totality which dominates them and gives them their meaning. But in the case of the pluralism proper to a radical democracy, diversification has been transformed into a diversity, as each of these diverse elements and levels is no longer the expression of a totality which transcends it.

For, they do also insist on reminding us that Marxism is where they have come from. Whilst allowing that their present conclusions could have been arrived at by other paths and ones 'alien to the socialist tradition' to which one can only say: verily! they are mindful of their own past and have chosen, therefore, to proceed from 'certain intuitions and discursive forms' within it. 3 Could they be mindful too in this of links they are for the time being content to preserve? I shall suggest, in any event, that the tendency in recent Marxism most germane to the construction of their current outlook is merely the bad side of something which was two-sided in the hands of its originator.

The heart of this book is the discourse concerning agency, but . . it succeeds only in raising the question, not in providing a solid alternative theory. [. ] I will argue that they have succeeded in making their case against some varieties of marxism, but that their post-structuralist critique of historical materialism, although fascinating, contains large caveats that they cannot overcome without revising their framework. I will also argue that while their political theory is suggestive and sometimes exciting, it suffers from a lack of specificity it must, therefore, be considered a series of hypotheses rather than a real theory.

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