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Marxisms in the 21st Century

Crisis, Critique And Struggle

304 pages

December, 2013

ISBN: 9781868147533



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Michelle Williams is an editor and an associate professor of sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her books include Labour in the Global South: Challenges and Alternatives for Workers; The Roots of Participatory Democracy: Democratic Communists in South Africa and Kerala, India; and South Africa and India: Shaping the Global South

Vishwas Satgar is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, and has been involved in grassroots activism for over three decades. He is the editor of the Democratic Marxism series and has published widely on Africa, South Africa, transnational alternatives and Marxism. In 2015, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the World Association of Political Economy for initiating and editing this series.

Jacklyn Cock is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She is also an Honorary Research Professor in the Sociology of Work Unit (SWOP).

Ashwin Desai is professor of Sociology based at the Centre for Sociological Research, University of Johannesburg.

Daryl Glaser is associate professor in the department of Political Studies at Wits University.

 A collection and explanation of Marxist thought and anti-capitalist traditions and themes.
The current resurgence of Marxism is based on new sources of inspiration and creativity from movements that seek democratic, egalitarian and ecological alternatives to capitalism. The Marxism of many of these movements is neither dogmatic nor prescriptive, but rather, open, searching, utopian. It revolves around four primary factors: the importance of democracy for an emancipatory project; the ecological limits of capitalism; the crisis of global capitalism; and the learning of lessons from the failures of Marxist-inspired experiments. Marxisms in the Twenty-First Century challenges vanguardist Marxism featured in South Africa and beyond. Featuring leading thinkers from the Left, the book offers provocative ideas on interpreting our current world and serves as an excellent introduction to new ways of thinking about Marxism to students and scholars in the field. Many anti-capitalist traditions and themes - including democracy, globalisation, feminism, critique and ecology inform and shape the contributions in this volume.