Capital & Class

A scholarly journal devoted to the analysis of global capitalism in the Marxist tradition. Coverage includes the labor, trade union and other radical movements, such as anti-racism, environmentalism and feminism. Content includes feature and survey articl

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 1, February

Anarchy Alive! Anti-Authoritarian Politics from Practice to Theory
Uri Gordon Anarchy Alive! Anti-Authoritarian Politics from Practice to Theory, Pluto Press: London, 2007; 208 pp.: 0745326838 £16.99 (pbk)In 2004, David Graeber (2004: 2) noted that although 'anarchism is veritably exploding right now', academia has...
Antonio Gramsci
Antonio A. Santucci Antonio Gramsci, with preface by Eric Hobsbawm, foreword by Joseph A. Buttigieg, transl. Graziella Di Mauro with Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro. Monthly Review Press: New York, 2010, 207 pp.: 978-1583672105 £12.30 (pbk)Antonio Santucci...
A Reappraisal of the Rank-and-File versus Bureaucracy Debate
Introduction Against the backdrop of an upsurge in industrial militancy in Western economies in the late-1960s and early 1970s, Richard Hyman crafted an unsurpassed Marxist analysis of the political economy of industrial relations. He drew attention...
Beyond "Political Economism': New Identities for Unions in Western Europe?
It is necessary to direct one's attention violently towards the present as it is, if one wishes to transform it. Pessimism of the intelligence, optimism of the will. Antonio Gramsci, The Prison Notebooks (1971 : 175) Introduction The question...
Beyond 'Political Economism': New Identities for Unions in Western Europe?
AbstractThis article engages critically with Richard Hyman's work on union identity and European integration. It includes a sympathetic review of Hyman's contribution to the debate on these topics over the past two decades, alongside a critique of Hyman's...
Books Available for Review
If you would like to review any of the books listed below, please contact the book reviews editor, Adam D. Morton, by email: Adam.Morton@nottingham.ac.uk Atzeni M (2010) Workplace Conflict: Mobilisation and Solidarity in Argentina. London: Palgrave....
Books Available for Review
If you would like to review any of the books listed below, please contact the book reviews editor, Adam D. Morton, by email: Adam.Morton@nottingham.ac.ukAtzeni M (2010) Workplace Conflict: Mobilisation and Solidarity in Argentina. London: Palgrave.Bayliss...
Confronting Global Neo-Liberalism: Third World Resistance and Development Strategies
Richard Westra (ed.) Confronting Global Neo-liberalism: Third World Resistance and Development Strategies, Clarity Press: Atlanta, GA, 2010; 276 pp.: 978-0-932863-61-4 $21.95 (pbk)This edited volume provides a very good overview of key debates on contemporary...
Dialects of Gender and Development under Global Capitalism
Dialects of gender and development under global capitalism Shirin M. Rai The Gender Politics of Development: Essays in Hope and Despair, Zed Books: London, 2008; iv + 216 pp.: 978-1842778388, £16.99 (pbk)The politics of gender and development have been...
Envisioning Real Utopias
Erik Olin Wright Envisioning Real Utopias, Verso: London, 2010; 394 pp.: 978 -1-84467-617-0 £16.99 (pbk)Unlike many books with brief prefaces, Envisioning Real Utopias has a lengthy preface, spanning nine pages. The preface puts the book in context,...
Hacking Capitalism: The Free and Open Source Software Movement
Johan Söderberg Hacking Capitalism: The Free and Open Source Software Movement, Routledge: London, 2008; 252 pp.: 0-415-95543-2 £80 (hbk)Free and open-source software (henceforth foss) has long captured the attention of social scientists and advocates...
Imagined Solidarities: Where Is Class in Union Organising?
Introduction This paper explores the opportunities and barriers for British unions to 're-imagine solidarities' (Hyman, 1999: 94) and their 'identities' or 'strategic orientations' (Hyman, 2001: 1) in the contemporary socio-political context. It...
!Indignate!: The 2011 Popular Protests and the Limits to Democracy in Spain
Introduction The indignados movement in Spain was born out of the action of !Democracia real YA!, an internet-based social movement platform created by activists involved in the free culture movement and the struggle over a new Spanish law on intellectual...
¡Indígnate!: The 2011 Popular Protests and the Limits to Democracy in Spain
Greig CharnockUniversity of Manchester, UKThomas PurcellUniversitat Oberta de Catalunya, SpainRamon Ribera-FumazUniversitat Oberta de Catalunya, SpainCorresponding author:Greig Charnock, University of Manchester, UKEmail: greig.charnock@manchester.ac.ukAbstractWe...
Introduction
This special issue on the contribution of Richard Hyman to the study of the employment relationship within capitalist society represents both a celebration and critical reassessment of his work, which over the last forty years has focused upon a series...
Nature Crime: How We're Getting Conservation Wrong
Rosaleen Duffy Nature Crime: How We're Getting Conservation Wrong, Yale University Press, 2010; 288 pp.: 9780300154344 £25 (cloth)I sometimes find it difficult to feel too moved by wildlife conservation, and yet, paradoxically, Rosaleen Duffy's book...
Rethinking Imperialism
Ray Kiely Rethinking Imperialism, Palgrave: London, 2010; x + 307 pp.: 9780230201057 £65 (hbk), 9780230201064 £24.99 (pbk)Ray Kiely's Rethinking Imperialism is one of the latest contributions to Palgrave's 'Rethinking World Politics' series, edited by...
Richard Hyman: An Assessment of His Industrial Relations: A Marxist Introduction
Abstract Richard Hyman's Industrial Relations: A Marxist Introduction is a seminal work in the study of labour unions, the employment relationship and industrial relations within Britain and western capitalist societies, and extant radical and Marxist...
Strikes and Class Consciousness in the Early Work of Richard Hyman
Introduction I first met Richard Hyman in the spring of 1970 when, together with Hugh Clegg, he interviewed me for a place on the M.A. in industrial relations at the University of Warwick. The militancy of the period was moving towards its zenith....
The Abcs of the Economic Crisis: What Working People Need to Know
Fred Magdoff and Michael D. Yates The abcs of the Economic Crisis: What Working People Need to Know, Monthly Review Press: New York, 2009; 144 pp.: 1-583-67195-1 £7.25 (pbk)The recent financial crisis has had devastating consequences for the US working...
The Challenge of Third World Development
Howard Handelman The Challenge of Third World Development, Pearson Education, New York, 2010; 334 pp.: 978-0-205-78824-8 £37.99 (pbk)The multidisciplinary field of development studies has attracted considerable interest in recent times. Yet the meaning...
The Cuban Revolution in the 21st Century
George Lambie The Cuban Revolution in the 21st Century, Pluto Press: London, 2010; 293 pp.: 9780745330105 £17.50 (pbk), 9780745330112 £54 (hbk)The Cuban Revolution has never been an easy subject for the left, always challenging sympathisers and erstwhile...
The Future of Union Organising: Building for Tomorrow/Union Revitalisation in Advanced Economies: Assessing the Contribution of Union Organising
Gregor Gall (ed.) The Future of Union Organising: Building for Tomorrow, Palgrave Macmillan: London, 2009; 261 pp.: 978-0230222427 £60 (hbk)Union Revitalisation in Advanced Economies: Assessing the Contribution of Union Organising, Palgrave Macmillan:...
The Politics of New Labour: A Gramscian Analysis
Andrew Pearmain The Politics of New Labour: A Gramscian Analysis, Lawrence & Wishart: London, 2011; 288pp: 9781907103254, £15.99 (pbk)There is only one surviving, vigorous ideological strand in British politics, culture and society, beneath the competing...
Union Politics, Purpose and Democracy: To Be or Not to Be? Optimism, Pessimism and the Continuing Importance of Richard Hyman's Early Contributions
Introduction The early work of Hyman--the Hyman of the 1970s and early 1980s--is not simply a 'purer' or more 'classically radical' oeuvre, which has less to say or has less relevance for the study of internal union politics and class relations...
Union Politics, Purpose and Democracy: To Be or Not to Be? Optimism, Pessimism and the Continuing Importance of Richard Hyman's Early Contributions
AbstractRichard Hyman's work presents us with a rich portrayal of questions of solidarity and its meaning, the re-imagining of union roles, and the complex identity of unions, located in a concern with emancipation and worker representation. Hyman's...
Union Renewal in France and Hyman's Universal Dualism
Introduction Throughout his career Richard Hyman has been a leading commentator on unionism and in his later work in particular he has helped encourage students of industrial relations to engage in comparative research and to better understand union...
Uri Gordon: Anarchy Alive! Anti-Authoritarian Politics from Practice to Theory
Uri Gordon Anarchy Alive! Anti-Authoritarian Politics from Practice to Theory, Pluto Press: London, 2007; 208 pp.: 0745326838 16.99 [pounds sterling] (pbk) In 2004, David Graeber (2004: 2) noted that although 'anarchism is veritably exploding right...
Will the Real Richard Hyman Please Stand Up?
But I was so much older then; I'm younger than that now. Bob Dylan, 'My Back Pages' Introduction I am a little surprised that Capital & Class should devote a special issue to my writings, and am grateful to the editors both for their efforts...