Monthly Review

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Articles from Vol. 47, No. 3, July-August

Culture, Nationalism, and the Role of Intellectuals: An Interview with Aijaz Ahmad
Q: Cultural studies are currently in vogue in the Atlantic academy. Although many academics would claim that their cultural criticism is itself profoundly subversive, they regard as "vulgar" any cultural work that connects theory to political commitment...
History and Black Consciousness: The Political Culture of Black America
The central theme of black U.S. history has been the constant struggle to overcome the barriers of race, and the reality of unequal racial identities between black and white. This racial bifurcation has created parallel realities or racial universes,...
Hobsbawm's Century
The Challenge of the Twentieth Century In 1902, the Rationalist Press Association issued a pamphlet entitled A New Catechism Like the classic Roman Catholic statement of belief on which it was modeled, the document comprised a long list of questions...
Language, History, and Class Struggle
Language is the immediate actuality of thought. just as philosophers have given thought an independent existence, so they were bound to make language into an independent realm. We are witnessing today a new idealism, infecting large sections of the...
Marx and the Environment
It has become fashionable in recent years, in the words of one critic, to identify the growth of ecological consciousness with "the current postmodernist interrogation of the metanarrative of the Enlightenment." Green thinking, we are frequently told,...
Northern Intellectuals and the EZLN
In recent decades, important trends in social and cultural analysis have been qualified with the prefix "post." Today social scientists, for instance, are expected to know something about poststructuralism, postmodernism, post-Fordism, and even something...
Postmodernism, Feminism, and Marx: Notes from the Abyss
For over a year now, the trial of O.J. Simpson has been headline news not only for the tabloids, but for the mainstream press as well. In the days following the grisly murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, the case was the hot topic on almost...
The Politics of Cultural Studies
Among the more striking intellectual phenomena of these putatively postmodern times is the rise, in the metropolitan academy, of the new discipline of cultural studies. I say "new" because cultural studies properly understood was never merely the organized...
What Is the 'Postmodern' Agenda? an Introduction
Historic Change Without History? During the First World War, Oswald Spengler wrote his famous and distasteful book, The Decline of the West, proclaiming that Western civilization and its dominant values were coming to an end. The bonds and traditions...
Where Do Postmodernists Come From?
Imagine a radical movement that had suffered an emphatic defeat. So emphatic, in fact, that it seemed unlikely to resurface for the length of a lifetime, if at all. As time wore on, the beliefs of this movement might begin to seem less false or ineffectual...
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