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This book is the first comprehensive guide and introduction to the central theorists in the post-marxist intellectual tradition. In jargon free language it seeks to unpack, explain, and review many of the key figures behind the rethinking of the legacy of Marx and Marxism in theory and practice. Key thinkers covered include Cornelius Castoriadis, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Deleuze and Guattari, Laclau and Mouffe, Agnes Heller, Jacques Derrida, Jurgen Habermas and post-Marxist feminism. Underlying the whole text is the central question: What is Post-Marxism? Each chapter covers a key thinker or contribution and thus can be read as a stand alone introduction to the principal aspects of their approach. Each chapter is also followed by a summary of key points with a guide to further reading.  

Post-Marxist Feminism: Within and against Marxism
Post-Marxist feminism: Within and against marxism

[My aim is] to build an ironic political myth faithful to feminism, socialism, and materialism. (Donna Haraway, 1985)

These issues, in which I would tend now to locate feminism even more firmly within a liberal humanist tradition, make the alliance with Marxism as traditionally understood very problematic. (Michèle Barrett, 1988)

The ‘second-wave’ feminist movement in Europe and North America was the first significant post-1960s ‘new social movement’ to challenge the orthodox Marxist self-understanding that Marxism was the theory of human liberation. Indeed, this movement has produced probably the most interesting and insightful radical social theory in the latter part of the twentieth century. It raised deeply troubling issues for Marxist theory and practice. Marxists hitherto thought ...

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