The Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx

Vidal, Matt; Smith, Tony; Rotta, Tomas and Prew, Paul, eds. 2019. The Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190695545 [Edited Book]

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Karl Marx is one of the most influential writers in history. Despite repeated obituaries proclaiming the death of Marxism, in the 21st century Marx's ideas and theories continue to guide vibrant research traditions in sociology, economics, political science, philosophy, history, anthropology, management, economic geography, ecology, literary criticism and media studies.

Due to the wide influence and reach of Marxist theory, including over 150 years of historical debates and traditions within Marxism, finding a point of entry can be daunting. The Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx provides an entry point for those new to Marxism. At the same time, its chapters, written by leading Marxist scholars, advance Marxist theory and research. Its coverage is more comprehensive than previous volumes on Marx in terms of both foundational concepts and empirical research on contemporary social problems. It also provides equal space to sociologists, economists, and political scientists, with substantial contributions from philosophers, historians and geographers.

The Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx consists of seven sections. The first section, Foundations, includes chapters that demonstrate that the core elements of Marx's political economy of capitalism continue to be defended, elaborated and applied to empirical social science, including historical materialism, class, capital, labor, value, crisis, ideology, and alienation. Additional sections include Labor, Class, and Social Divisions; Capitalist States and Spaces; Accumulation, Crisis and Class struggle in the Core Countries; Accumulation, Crisis and Class Struggle in the Peripheral and Semi-Peripheral Countries; and Alternatives to Capitalism.

List of contributors in alphabetical order by last name:

Gilbert Achcar, Kevin B. Anderson, Deepankar Basu, Paul Blackledge, Lin Chun, Brett Clark, Debarshi Das, Nicholas De Genova, Pat Devine, Barry Eidlin, John Bellamy Foster, Alan Freeman, Martha E. Gimenez, Sam Gindin, Henry Heller, John Holloway, Peter Hudis, Bob Jessop, Walda Katz-Fishman, Andrew Kliman, David Laibman, David Mandel, Terrence McDonough, Mark McNally, Fred Moseley, Patrick Murray, Bertell Ollman, Leo Panitch, Leda Maria Paulani, Jeff Powell, Paul Prew, Jan Rehmann, Geert Reuten, Tomás Rotta, Magnus Ryner, Jerome Scott, Tony Smith, Guido Starosta, Dan Swain, Erik Swyngedouw, Rodrigo Teixeira, Matt Vidal, Erik Olin Wright.

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1 June 2019

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