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Marx's Das Kapital for Beginners (For Beginners)by Michael Wayne
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Marx's 'Das Kapital' cannot be put into a box marked "economics." It is a work of politics, history, economics, philosophy and even in places, literature (yes Marx's style is that rich and evocative). Marx's 'Das Kapital' For Beginners is an introduction to the Marxist critique of capitalist production and its consequences for a whole range of social activities such as politics, media, education and religion. 'Das Kapital' is not a critique of a particular capitalist system in a particular country at a particular time. Rather, Marx's aim was to identify the essential features that define capitalism, in whatever country it develops and in whatever historical period. For this reason, Das Kapital is necessarily a fairly general, abstract analysis. As a result, it can be fairly difficult to read and comprehend. At the same time, understanding Das Kapital is crucial for mastering Marx's insights to capitalism.
Marx's 'Das Kapital' For Beginners offers an accessible path through Marx's arguments and his key questions: What is commodity? Where does wealth come from? What is value? What happens to work under capitalism? Why is crisis part of capitalism's DNA? And what happens to our consciousness, our very perceptions of reality and our ways of thinking and feeling under capitalism? Understanding and learn from Marx's work has taken on a fresh urgency as questions about the sustainability of the capitalist system in today's global economy intensify.
Michael Wayne is a Professor in Screen Media at Brunel University in London. He has written widely on Marxist cultural theory, film, television and the media.
Karl Marx's Das Kapital cannot be classified just under the heading 'economic theory'. It is a work of politics, history, economics, philosophy, and even literature in places, because Marx's style is so rich and evocative. Marx's Das Kapital For Beginners is an introduction to the Marxist critique of capitalist production and its consequences for many broad aspects of society such as politics, media, education and religion.
About the Author
Mike Wayne teaches and researches film, television and media at Brunel University in London with a particular emphasis on Marxist cultural theory. He recently co-authored the book Television News, Politics and Young People: Generation Disconnected? (Palgrave 2010). His other books include Dissident Voices: The Politics of Television and Cultural Change (Pluto Press, 1998), Political Film: The Dialectics of Third Cinema (Pluto Press, 2001), The Politics of European Cinema: Histories, Borders, Diasporas (Intellect Press 2002) and Marxism and the Media: Key Concepts and Contemporary Trends (Pluto 2003). He is also the editor of a new anthology, Understanding Film: Marxist Perspectives. Mike Wayne also edits a book series Marxism and Culture, published by Pluto Press. The author lives in London, England.
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