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Time, Labor, and Social Domination: A Reinterpretation of Marx's Critical Theory Paperback – July 13, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0521565400 ISBN-10: 0521565405

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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 13, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521565405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521565400
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Moishe Postone's timely study challanges the presuppositions of standard Marxisms and anti-Marxisms and contains valuable resources for renewing discussion of Marx. ...Postone makes a major contribution to Marx scholarship and social theory. Demonstrating a laudable depth, rigor, and tenaciousness of argument that reflect years of careful study and thought, he counters the all too frequent superficial affirmations and dismissals of Marx. His strong argument about the core of Marx's social theory opens fresh departure points for the ongoing debate over Marx and Marxism. Postone's book is difficult but very worthwhile reading." Journal of Modern History

"Time, Labor, and Social Domination is a deeply learned and profoundly ambitious book... ...an impressive, erudite exorcism of the (astonishingly mischievous) spectre of Ricardo that has been haunting Marxism for too long. ...there can be little doubt that Postone's book will dominate the discussion...for some time to come." Canadian Philosophical Reviews

"In this complex, dense, richly argued, and rewarding monograph, Moishe Postone offers a fundamental reconstruction and reinterpretation of the core structure of Capital....the rigor and richness of Postone's arguments makes this a key book even for those with other perspectives on capitalist dynamics." American Journal of Sociology

"...the best analysis of Marx's mature socioeconomic theory since David Harvey's The Limits to Capital (1982). It is obviously the fruit of long years of research and lengthy meditation. It is the kind of work that is well worth waiting for." David McLellan, American Political Science Review

"Postone's arguments are important and provocative....an important counterweight to the various Marxisms and post-Marxisms which currently clutter the academic world." Simon Clarke, Contemporary Sociology

"Moishe Postone has opened up a new front in Critical Theory in which Marx figures as the unsurpassed analyst of modernity. Without the dryness typical of 'back to basics,' his reading of Capital reveals categories--commodity, labor, value, time--as captivating as any construed in this century. When bonded to the visions of post-capitalist life from the Grundrisse, the Marxian project suddenly appears more vibrant than the recent debates about precisely how to shelve the theory indicate." Jeanne Schuler, Telos

"...The rigor and richness of Postone's arguments makes this a key book even for those with other perspectives on capitalist dynamics." Bob Jessop, American Journal of Sociology

"...a major attempt to reinvigorate the critical Marxist tradition by rethinking basic Marxist categories....Postone's critique is thus quite wide-ranging, and his contribution is substantial." Jeffrey K. Olick, Theory and Psychology

Book Description

According to this new interpretation, Marx identifies the central core of the capitalist system with an impersonal form of social domination generated by labor itself and not simply with market mechanisms and private property.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Escoffier on January 20, 2015
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A scrupulous and original re-interpretation of Marx that may transform how we apply Marxist analysis to the contemporary world. Has implications for political organizing as well.
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