The Enduring Relevance of Karl Marx

Prew, Paul; Rotta, Tomas; Smith, Tony and Vidal, Matt. 2019. The Enduring Relevance of Karl Marx. In: Matt Vidal; Tony Smith; Tomas Rotta and Paul Prew, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 3-35. ISBN 9780190695545 [Book Section]

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This chapter is the introduction to The Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx. It summarizes Marx’s enduring relevance by demonstrating the continuing applicability of his concepts and theories to understanding twenty-first century capitalism and its crises, along with the historical development of human society across varying modes of production. It presents an intellectual biography linking the major moments in Marx’s life to his ideas and theories. The biography also gives insight into Marx’s approach to research by focusing more closely on the method he outlined in the Grundrisse. It demonstrates, among other things, that Marx continually revised his ideas in light of new evidence and argumentation. The chapter concludes with brief summaries of the handbook’s contributions, paying specific attention to the ongoing relevance of each chapter to societal concerns. While the introduction introduces the reader to the varied chapters in the handbook, it goes beyond mere summary to provide fresh insight into Marx’s life, work, and promise.

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capitalism, class analysis, historical materialism, institutions, Karl Marx, Marxism, Marx biography, modes of production, political economy, social theory

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Institute of Management Studies


December 2018Published Online
June 2019Published

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10 Sep 2019 13:19

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09 Jun 2021 15:10


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