Synopses & Reviews
In this succinct and panoramic work'"both stimulating for the specialist and accessible to the general reader'"one of the world's leading social theorists, Gran Therborn, tackles the question of the trajectory of Marxism in the twentieth century and its legacy for radical thought in the twenty-first. Addressing the history of critical theory from the contemporary vantage-point characterized by postmodernism, post-Marxism and critiques of Eurocentrism, Therborn probes how the recent theoretical currents'"including those of Slavoj Zizek, Antonio Negri, and Alain Badiou'"have coped with the changed intellectual as well as political and economic contexts. In the light of these discussions, Therborn then proceeds to a global investigation of the parameters of twenty-first century politics. This will become the essential appraisal of Marxism in the modern age.
A finely tuned style of analysis and judgment. --The Guardian
Regular readers of the New Left Review will find in this book many of the traits associated with that journal: a broad—sometimes Olympian—sweep; a level-headed combination of radical critique and sober analysis; a dialectical conception of society as a ‘totality,’ irreducible to this or that social-scientific discipline. --British Journal of Sociology
In this pithy and panoramic work—both stimulating for the specialist and accessible to the general reader—one of the world’s leading social theorists, Göran Therborn, traces the trajectory of Marxism in the twentieth century and anticipates its legacy for radical thought in the twenty-first.
A comprehensive history of the development of Marxist theory and the parameters of 21st-century politics.
About the Author
Göran Therborn holds the Chair of Sociology at the University of Cambridge, and is editor and author of Inequalities of the World, Asia and Europe in Globalization, Between Sex and Power and From Marxism to Post Marxism?