Part of the SAGE Social Thinkers series, this brief and clearly–written book provides a concise introduction to the work, life, and influences of Karl Marx, one of the most revered, reviled, and misunderstood figures in modern history. The book serves as an excellent introduction to the full range of Marx’s major themes—alienation, economics, social class, capitalism, communism, materialism, environmental sustainability—and considers the extent to which they are relevant today. It is ideal for use as a self-contained volume or in conjunction with other sociological theory textbooks.

Further Readings
Further Readings

This chapter’s purpose is to assist those interested in reading more about Marx’s work and elaborations of Marx’s ideas. The first section is on sources of Marx’s work that are readily available. The second section is on interpretations and analysis of Marx’s work. This section contains sources from the general to the specific. The last section is on journals that are devoted to discussing Marx’s work or that present research influenced by Marx and debates about his work.

Marx’s Writings

Marx wrote a tremendous amount during his lifetime. The most complete set of his and Engels’s work that has been translated into English is the Marx and Engels Collected Works. This 50-volume set is published by International Publishers. The set does not contain ...

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