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Product Details

  • Series: For Beginners
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: For Beginners (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934389595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934389591
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Wayne is a Professor in Screen Media at Brunel Univerity in London. He has written widely on Marxist cultural theory, film, television and the media.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have never been a fan of this series of books and this new book on Marx's 'Kapital' did nothing to change my mind.On the one hand the level of explanation at times was down right insulting taking many pages to repeatedly labour a point that could have been made in just a few sentences, and on the other hand not giving anyway near as comprehensive an explanation as was required for central concepts i.e. the explanation of overproduction was extremely abstract and difficult to understand if you weren't familiar with the idea.
This is one of the poorest introductions to Marx's main ideas you could purchase.
If you want a good introduction to the ideas of Karl Marx including 'Das Kapital' I recommend 'The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx' by Alex Callinicos which is superbly explained and takes you through all ideas of Marx volumes 1,2 and 3 of 'Capital' including the problem of the transformation of values into prices.
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Michael Wayne is in the tradition of the great exegetes of Karl Marx in general and of DAS KAPITAL, volume 1, in particular. This bizarre, arcane, and almost unreadable masterpiece by the prophet of Communism has, over the years, required the auspices of a number of especially powerful and intelligent commentators such as Sartre, Althusser, Foucault, Lukacs, Jameson, and Eagleton. Any intelligent student, 15 or older, who has a passion for ideas will love this lucid and powerful book. Michael Wayne makes sense of Marx; he explicates the foundational economic concepts of the prophet by clearing away the forest of clever but obstructive verbiage. Wayne shows that Marx does have some very important things to say and he lays it all out for us to evaluate. Personally, I was mesmerized from page one.......At the vital core of Marxist thought is the issue of the alienation of labor and the operation of the principle of surplus value. Surplus value is really a service charge that management adds to the production costs of labor and out of surplus value capital is accumulated. Is this good or bad and does surplus value disappear when the management is a union, a cooperative. or a government? Can any organization that employs labor dispense with the accumulation of capital? What happens in terms of costs to the public in the case of professional unions like pilots' unions or pharmacists' unions, where the worker does participate in surplus value? These are immensely complex issues with no clear or obvious solution. It is the achievement of the first volume of KAPITAL to have stirred up all these questions and it is the achievement of Michael Wayne to have made everything as clear as a pane of glass. I strongly urge the author to keep up this level of excellence by opening up even more public debate on these pivotal issues in political economy.

This book is a strong must for anyone trying to talk intelligently about capitalism and socialism.
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