Synopses & Reviews
"Marx’s writings have inspired an extraordinary corpus of writing designed to understand and change capitalism. However, while many have tried to wear his boots, few have journeyed in genuinely new directions while holding Marx’s compass. Henderson here finds contemporary value in Marx’s writings in ways both faithful and surprising." —Noel Castree, Manchester University
"Value in Marx
offers a truly original reading—itself a rare thing—backed by virtuosic textual analysis of Marx and a near-impeccable awareness of the wider literature. One cannot ask for much more." —David B. Clarke, Swansea University
Long prone to dogmatic disagreement, the question of value in Marx’s thought requires renewal if Marx’s work is to remain vibrant. Value in Marx offers a rereading of Marx that strips value of its turgid theoretical reduction and reframes it as an investigation into the tensions between social relations and forms as they are rather than as what they could become.
About the Author
George Henderson is associate professor of geography at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of California and the Fictions of Capital and coeditor of Geographic Thought: A Praxis Perspective.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Did Marx Have a Theory of Value?
1. The Value-Capital Couplet and How to Break It
2. The Politics of Capitalist “Totality” in a More-Than-Capitalist World
3. The End of Value (As We Know It)
4. From Necessity to Freedom and Back Again: Abjected Labor and the Taint of Value
5. The Value Hypothesis: Three Scenes for a Political Imaginary of Value