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. 38, No. 2, June

Books Available for Review
If you would like to review any of the books listed below, please contact the book reviews editor, David Bailey, by email: d.j.bailey@bham.ac.uk Alperovitz G (2012) America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming our Wealth, Our Liberty and Our Democracy....
Colin Crouch: The Strange Non-Death of Neoliberalism
Colin Crouch The Strange Non-Death of Neoliberalism, Polity, Cambridge, 2011; 199 pp; 97807456052214 15 [pounds sterling] (pbk) Henk Overbeek and Bastiaan van Apeldoorn (eds.) Neoliberalism in Crisis, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2012;...
'Communism ... Is the Affirmation of a New Community': Notes on Jacques Camatte
Introduction It is unlikely that the thought of French communist Jacques Camatte is widely known to those working in the field of social and political thought. Nevertheless, it contains plenty that is of interest, beyond what might be delivered...
Dig Where You Stand: Working Life Biographies as a Challenge to the Neoliberal Classroom
Introduction The journalist Aditya Chakrabortty greatly annoyed many UK sociologists when he used a Guardian newspaper feature (17 April 2012) to accuse them of failing to engage with the banking crisis and losing themselves in esoteric analysis,...
Fred Stahl: Worker Leadership: America's Secret Weapon in the Battle for Industrial Competitiveness
Fred Stahl Worker Leadership: America's Secret Weapon in the Battle for Industrial Competitiveness, MIT Press, Cambridge, AAA, 2013; 256 pp: 9780262019637, 20.95 [pounds sterling] (hbk) It is widely believed that Barrack Obamas bailout of...
From Structural Breakage to Political Reintegration of the Working Class: Relative Surplus Population Layers in Argentina and Their Involvement in the Piquetero Movement
Introduction This article analyses the ways in which the structural breaks that affect the working class as a whole can be overcome by means of political action. The development of the Argentinian piquetero movement, which structured the protests...
From Union Legislation to Financial Reform: A Reflection on Thatcherism, Capital and the British State
Introduction The death of Margaret Thatcher in April 2013 triggered numerous articles in media outlets and popular forums reflecting on her legacy. Many were either hagiographic or vitriolic, with the latter manifesting in the form of 'celebrations'...
'Gramsci 4.0' and the Reconnaissance of Neoliberal Order
Carlos Nelson Coutinho Gramsci's Political Thought, Brill, Leiden, 2012; 198 pp: 9789004228665, 99 [euro] (hbk) Domenico Losurdo Gramsci: Du liberalisme au 'communisme critique'. Trans. Jean-Michel Goux, Editions Syllepse, Paris, 2006; 238 pp: 284950064X,...
Gramsci and the Politics of Education
Introduction It would not be amiss to argue that Gramsci stands out among Marxist writers who have written on or whose ideas are relevant to education and culture. He has written directly and systematically on aspects of education, and in the case...
Introduction to the Special Section: Back to the Future? Thatcherism, Capital, Labour and the British State
This short special section of Capital & Class emerged from discussions at a meeting of the Conference of Socialist Economists (CSE) Trans-Pennine Working Group (TPWG). The TPWG was set up by Werner Bonefeld, Greig Charnock, Hugo Radice and Stuart...
Introduction to the Special Section: Urban Neoliberalism, Strategies for Urban Struggles, and 'The Right to the City'
Right to the city, urban neoliberalism, urban struggles Introduction The strategy and demand for 'the right to the city' (hereafter RTC) was first advanced by the great Marxist social scientist and philosopher Henri Lefebvre in the late-1960s....
Matthew T. Huber: Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital
Matthew T. Huber Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN, 2013; 253 pp: 9780816677856, 25 [pounds sterling] (pbk) The historian David Nye (1998) explains, 'as Americans incorporated...
Peter Hudis: Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism
Peter Hudis Marx's Concept Of The Alternative To Capitalism, Haymarket Books, Chicago, IL, 2013; 241 pp: 9781608462759, 17 [pounds sterling] (pbk) Living in Southern Europe during capitalist-imposed austerity made reading Peter Hudis's book feel...
Thatcherism and Alternatives: What Future for British Capitalism?
Introduction In the mid-19th century, Britain provided Marx with his model of developed industrial capitalism, which showed the way forward to the rest of the world. In the 1970s, as it stumbled wearily from one economic crisis to the next, Britain...
The Contested and Contingent Outcomes of Thatcherism in the UK
'Thatcherism ... should be judged in terms of its success or failure in disorganising the labour movement and progressive forces, in shifting the terms of political debate, in reorganising the political terrain and in changing the balance of forces...
'They Can't Be the Buffer Any Longer': Front-Line Managers and Class Relations under White-Collar Lean Production
Introduction The 1970s produced a significant debate within sociology on the rise of a new middle class that, unlike the middle class of independent producers and the self-employed, was intimately connected to developments within capitalist labour...
Wil G. Pansters (Ed.): Violence, Coercion, and State-Making in Twentieth-Century Mexico: The Other Half of the Centaur
Wil G. Pansters (ed.) Violence, Coercion, and State-Making in Twentieth-Century Mexico: The Other Half of the Centaur, Stanford University Press, Redwood City, CA, 2012; 400 pp: 9780804781589, US$62(hbk) Mexico is still in crisis. Even if violent...
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