Marxism

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Abstract

The history of the relationship between critical theory and Marxism has been an ambiguous one. On the one hand there have been those who have affirmed an axiomatic connection: i.e. Marxism as the critical theory of capitalist society. In this regard Marxism has tended to be viewed as a totalizing discourse under which all possible forms of social critique can be subsumed (‘the problems of class, race, gender… all boil down to capitalist exploitation’). On the other hand, there are those who argue that critical theory represents an evolving (postmodern) intellectual tradition that, in rejecting all forms of naturalism and necessity, cannot be reconciled with Marxist thought and, moreover, renders the latter redundant.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Critical and Cultural Theory
EditorsPaul Wake, Simon Malpas
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter3
Pages37-50
Number of pages14
Edition2nd
ISBN (Electronic)9780203520796
ISBN (Print)9780415668309
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2013

Keywords

  • Marx
  • Marxism
  • Frankfurt School
  • Political Culture
  • Postmarxism
  • Zizek
  • Postmodernism
  • Subversion

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