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. 35, No. 3, October

An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel
Jeff Halper An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel, Pluto Press: London, 2008; 317 pp.: 9780745322261 £17 (pbk)One of the longest and most brutal conflicts of the 20th century, which still continues, is the Israeli-Palestine...
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Bonfire of Illusions: The Twin Crises of the Liberal World
Alex Callinicos Bonfire of Illusions: The Twin Crises of the Liberal World, Polity: Cambridge, 2010; xi + 179 pp.: 9780745648750 £45 (hbk); 9780745648767 £14.99 (pbk)Bonfire of Illusions is the latest work from the prolific author Alex Callinicos. Callinicos...
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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....
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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.Bellofiore...
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Capitalism and the Dialectic: The Uno-Sekine Approach to Marxian Political Economy
John R. Bell Capitalism and the Dialectic: The Uno-Sekine Approach to Marxian Political Economy, Pluto Press: London, 2009; 256 pp.: 9780745329338 £25 (hbk)In this rigorous study of the dialectic of capital, author John Bell uses the insights of the...
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Capitalist Care: Will the Coalition Government's 'Reforms' Move the NHS Further toward a US-Style Healthcare Market?
Introduction For almost three decades, the NHS has moved away from what Hart (2006: 1-9) described as a 'gift economy', in which care was free on delivery and no market dictated priorities, along a route he described as the 'relentless subordination...
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Critical Social Theory and the End of Work
Edward Granter Critical Social Theory and the End of Work, Ashgate: London, 2009; 202 pp.: 9780754676973 £55 (hbk)Edward Granter's Critical Social Theory and the End of Work, published in Ashgate's series 'Rethinking classical sociology', demands a reconsideration...
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Debating Abstract Labour
The publication of my paper, 'Abstract labour: Against its nature and on its time' (2010), has provoked some debate. Abstract labour is indeed a critical category of capitalist wealth. For Kicillof and Starosta (2011), it denotes some generic materiality...
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European Society
William Outhwaite European Society, Polity Press: Cambridge, 2008, 206 pp. 9780745613321, £15.99 (pbk)It is not until its final page that this book finally confirms what it has been suggesting all along, but has avoided making explicit lest it spoil...
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Flexibility at Work: Critical Developments in the International Automobile Industry
Valeria Pulignano, Paul Steward, Andy Danford and Mike Richardson (eds.) Flexibility at Work: Critical Developments in the International Automobile Industry, London: Palgrave, 2008; 200 pp.: 9781403900418 £60 (hbk)The historical significance of the automobile...
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Following Marx: Method, Critique and Crisis
Michael A. Lebowitz Following Marx: Method, Critique and Crisis, London: Haymarket Books, 2009; 365 pp.: 9781608460335 £19.99 (pbk)What does it mean to follow Marx? Do we really have to become acolyte aficionados of an ideological extension of 19th-century...
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Global Auction of Public Assets: Public Sector Alternatives to the Infrastructure Market and Public Private Partnerships
Dexter Whitfield Global Auction of Public Assets: Public Sector Alternatives to the Infrastructure Market and Public Private Partnerships, Nottingham: Spokesman, 2010; 378 pp.: 9780851247731 £18 (pbk); 9780851247847 £11.99 (e-book)Ten years ago, Dexter...
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Globalisation, Development and Transition: Conversations with Eminent Economists
Brian Snowdon Globalisation, Development and Transition: Conversations with Eminent Economists, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2007; 537 pp.: 9781845428501 £115 (hbk)Brian Snowdon's Globalisation Development and Transition: Conversations with Eminent Economists...
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Great Transformations: The Global Worker, the Academic Observer: An Extended Book Review
Great transformations: The global worker, the academic observer An extended book review Jan Breman Outcast Labour in Asia: Circulation and Informalisation of the Workforce at the Bottom of the Economy Oxford University Press: New Delhi, 2010; xii + 391...
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Housing and Hegemony: The US Experience
Introduction Ever since the 1930s, housing has represented an area of paramount social and economic importance in the USA. Homeownership was central to the particular model of capitalism forged in the postwar period on the prewar Fordist foundation...
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Jeff Halper: An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel
Jeff Halper An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel, Pluto Press: London, 2008; 317 pp.: 9780745322261 17 [pounds sterling](pbk) One of the longest and most brutal conflicts of the 20th century, which still continues,...
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Left Agency and Class Action: The Paradox of Workplace Radicalism
Introduction In the current context of worldwide capitalist crisis, the issue of worker response or 'agency' comes ever more sharply into focus. The fragility revealed at the heart of capitalist relations of production, along with capital's viciously...
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Marx and the Crisis
Introduction: Purely a financial problem? Economics is an easy game to play if you do not want to look into things too deeply, and are happy to conform to what is expected of you. Economists as the mysterious high priests of capitalism are responsible...
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Marxism and World Politics: Contesting Global Capitalism
Alexander Anievas (ed.) Marxism and World Politics: Contesting Global Capitalism, Routledge: London, 2010; xii + 279 pp.: 9780415478038 £26.99 (pbk)The essays in this volume mostly originated in debates in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs...
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Relative Surplus Population and Uneven Development in the Neoliberal Era: Theory and Empirical Application
Introduction A reasonable amount of research already exists with implicit but undeveloped connections to Marx's concept of the 'relative surplus population'. In particular, Davis's (2004a, 2004b, 2006) chilling depiction of mutual exploitation,...
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Revolution, Rebellion, Resistance: The Power of Story
Eric Selbin Revolution, Rebellion, Resistance: The Power of Story, Zed Books: London, 2010, 272 pp.: 9781848130173 £16.99 (pbk); 9781848130166 £65 (hbk)Do revolutions need revolutionaries? At first glance, this may seem like an odd question. Yet for...
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The Breakup of Britain?
Introduction The tectonic plates of Scottish politics underwent a further and seemingly decisive shift on 5 May 2011, with the Scottish National Party (SNP) landslide in the Scottish Parliament election. The return of the Scottish Parliament in...
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The Ecological Revolution: Making Peace with the Planet
John Bellamy Foster The Ecological Revolution: Making Peace With the Planet, New York: Monthly Review Press, 2009; 328 pp.: 9781583671795 $17.95 (pbk)^In this compilation of previously published work, John Bellamy Foster discusses the character of the...
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The European Union and World Politics: Consensus and Division
Andrew Gamble and David Lane (eds.) The European Union and World Politics: Consensus and Division, Palgrave: London, 2009; 300 pp.: 9780230221499 £60 (hbk)'Whither the European Union?' (p. 255) appears to be the underlying question of the various considerations...
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The Resistible Rise of Market Fundamentalism: Rethinking Development Policy in an Unbalanced World
Richard Kozul-Wright and Paul Rayment The Resistible Rise of Market Fundamentalism: Rethinking Development Policy in an Unbalanced World, London: Zed Books, 2007; 176 pp.: 9781842776377 £19.99 (pbk)We are now some way down the road in terms of a post-Washington...
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What's the Point of Industrial Relations? in Defence of Critical Social Science
Ralph Darlington (ed.) What's the Point of Industrial Relations? In Defence of Critical Social Science, London: British Universities Industrial Relations Association, 2009; 130 pp. 97809547961112 £10 (pbk)One of the basic characteristics of capitalism...
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