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End of Capitalism (As We Knew it) Hardcover – September 4, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-1557868626 ISBN-10: 155786862X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (September 4, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155786862X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557868626
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,882,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a truly remarkable book. I am quite confident that it will be at the center of debate for some time to come" David F. Ruccio, University of Notre Dame

"From the start, J. K. Gibson-Graham presents us with a text that is clear and accessible, but equally evocative of the complexities that the elected poststructural and overdeterminist approach requires ... In short, this book is an original, creative and elegant feast of theory and geographic opportunities. While the purpose and content is ambitious, Gibson-Graham provides an enticing way in which we might imagine and investigate economic heterogeneity. The influence of the book will likely be profound and widespread as geographers continue to explore these possibilities." R. Liepins, University of Otago

"This project of writing noncapitalism and not waiting for the revolution to do it remains an essential one." Economic Geography

From the Back Cover

Why does the future (not to mention the present) seem to offer no hope of escape from capitalism? Ironically, the author argues, it is not the economic discourse of the right but primarily the socialist and Marxist traditions that have constituted capitalism as large, powerful, active, expansive, penetrating, systematic, self-reproducing, dynamic, protean, victorious, and capable of conferring identity and meaning.

In this book J. K Gibson-Graham explores the possibility of more enlivening modes of economic thought and action, outside and beyond the theory and practice of capitalist reproduction. She draws critically on feminist and post structuralist theorizings, of subjectivity and the body, and on anti-essentialist aspects of Marxism. She seeks (and finds) protean forms of capitalist representation not only in economic policy and contemporary urban space but in the discursive practices of feminism, cultural studies and the politics of the left. Challenging the usual vision of capitalism as necessarily and naturally hegemonic, J. K. Gibson-Graham liberates a space of economic difference, one in which a noncapitalist politics of economic invasion might take root and flourish.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bucalisa on September 30, 2012
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This book is fundamental for understanding why economics has ceased to provide politicians and social scientists with answers. It shows how the belief in market capitalism as the dominant force has come to dominate our interpretation of human relations, making it almost impossible to imagine and implement alternative models of social organization. It argues that there is much to be gained from using the feminist, class and local perspectives to investigate, dissect and doubt capitalism's cultural hegemony.
I found the language and the structure of the book initially difficult, but encourage the reader to assimilate every page, because they all contain either useful theoretical reference or revealing examples drawn from a rich body of research. The one analogy that was for me particularly effective is that between the citizens of capitalist countries and the victims of rape. This analogy demonstrates the brutality of the cultural dominance of the capitalist representation of the world; however, it also helps to understand that the sense of impotence of individuals can gradually evolve into a shared sense of wrongness and indignation if supported by society finally doubting its "inevitability".
The book was first published when many believed that western liberal democracy had affirmed itself "as the final form of human government" as Fukuyama wrote after the end of the Cold War. It should be read again now, as western liberal democracies struggle to make sense of the economic and financial crisis.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael on July 5, 2011
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This book is absolutely essential for those interested in economics generally, anti-capitalism specifically, and 3rd wave feminism especially. This book has opened my mind to economic plurality and possibility and has slain the idea that capitalism grips the world with an iron fist. There are moments where I wish J.K.G.G. would go further to explain certain analogies they make between certain research in a dissimilar field. Still though, this is a landmark book that makes me excited to read their next.
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More About the Author

J.K. Gibson-Graham is the pen name of the economic geographers professor Katherine Gibson from the University of Western Sydney and the late Professor Julie Graham from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. J.K. Gibson-Graham's earlier books include A Postcapitalist Politics (Minnesota, 2006), The End of Capitalism (As We Knew It): A Feminist Critique of Political Economy (Minnesota, 2006), and the edited collections Class and Its Others (Minnesota, 2000) and Re/presenting Class: Essays in Postmodern Marxism.

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