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Democracy against Capitalism: Renewing Historical Materialism Paperback – March 31, 1995

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"...a provocative, much needed, and timely intervention. It will invigorate and arm those who wish to argue against the dead end of the politics of difference and reassert the centrality of class theory and politics." Contemporary Sociology

"Wood stakes out a strong and clear perspective here. It is an important one and should receive a wide hearing." Michael A. Principe, Canadian Philosophical Reviews

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This study argues that understanding Marxism and its critique of capitalism is more important than ever because of the collapse of Communism. It redefines historical materialism's basic concepts and theory of history to specifically identify capitalism as a system of social relations and political power.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (March 31, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521476828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521476829
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,931,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I learned what everyone else did in school: Communism bad, Capitalism good. But this book made me rethink my personal definitions of what politics is, and makes a really good argument that civic equality can not survive when paired with a vastly unequal capitalistic economy that--by definition--creates have's and have-not's. My whole worldview changed after I read this! Very technical, though, as she critiques other Marxists' and socialists' writings.
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By Dott on March 12, 2000
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secretaries are now called administrative professionals. One should not undervalue any job - page 286 - those who do this job know that it is very valued. Will have to re-read this book as it has interesting undertones.
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