The Meanings of Work aims to explore some dimensions of the changes taking place in the labour-world, as well as looking at the consequences, theoretical and empirical, entailed by these transformations, such as the relevance and pertinence of the category of labour in the contemporary world. Billions of men and women depend exclusively on their labour to survive and encounter increasingly unstable, precarious or casual workers and the unemployed. As the contingent of workers has grown, there have been a vast reduction in jobs, rights have been corroded and the gains of the past have been eroded. The Meanings of Work starts with a wider conception of work and seeks to understand this new condition of labour today.
The Meanings of Work
Alessandro Carlucci, University of Oxford
In *Gramsci and Languages Alessandro Carlucci explores the origins and significance of Antonio Gramsci’s interest in language, showing in particular how his experience of linguistic and cultural diversity contributed to the shaping of his intellectual and political profile.
Pelai Pagès i Blanch, University of Barcelona. Translated by Patrick L. Gallagher, Kent State University
In War and Revolution in Catalonia, 1936-1939, Pelai Pagès i Blanch analyses the political and military evolution of the events in Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War.
José Aricó. Translated from the Spanish by David Broder.
José Aricó explores why Latin-American reality was apparently 'excluded' from Marx's thought. Identifying the contradictions in Marx's attitude to 'peripheral' countries, Aricó challenges charges of 'Eurocentrism', demonstrating how Marx's hostility to Simón Bolívar's 'Bonapartism' coloured his ...
Edited by Marcel van der Linden and Karl Heinz Roth in collaboration with Max Henninger
What might a critique of the political economy of labour look like that critically reviews the experiences of the past five hundred years while moving beyond Eurocentrism? The twenty historical and theoretical essays in this volume discuss this question.
Jan Rehmann, Union Theological Seminary (NY) & the Free University (Berlin)
Jan Rehmann reconstructs the different strands of ideology theories, ranging from Marx to Adorno/Horkheimer, from Gramsci to Stuart Hall, from Althusser to Foucault, from Bourdieu to W.F. Haug. He puts them into dialogue with each other and applies them to today's High-Tech-Capitalism.
Bryan D. Palmer, Trent University
Can workers win? Bryan D. Palmer presents a detailed account of the Minneapolis teamsters' strikes of 1934 to suggest that working-class victories are possible, however bad the circumstances.
Roland Boer, University of Newcastle, Australia
In the Vale of Tears offers the author's own detailed response to the long and rich tradition of Marxism and religion. It deals with the crucial issues of myth, political ambivalence, kairós, ethics, fetishism and death.
In The New Left, National Identity, and the Break-Up of Britain Wade Matthews offers an intellectual history of the New Left, with a focus on the nexus between socialism and national identity in the work of key New Left thinkers.
Jack M. Bloom, Indiana University Northwest
Jack M. Bloom presents a moving account of how an opposition developed and triumphed in communist Poland, showing the perspectives and experiences of the participants, while often letting them recount their own stories and explain their thinking.
Michael Andrew Žmolek, University of Iowa
In Rethinking the Industrial Revolution, Michael Andrew Žmolek offers the first in-depth study of the evolution of English manufacturing from the feudal and early modern periods within the context of the development of English agrarian capitalism, from 1350 to 1850.
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