The Concept of Social Class in Contemporary Marxist Theory

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The Concept of Social Class in Contemporary Marxist Theory

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Going from classic to contemporary authors, the authors of this volume consider theorists that provided contributions that became representative of trends, schools of thought and original theoretical perspectives, and that grew into the backbone of Marxist thought: Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Antonio Gramsci, Edward Palmer Thompson, Nicos Poulantzas, Erik O. Wright, Antonio Negri, and John Holloway, with references to Rosa Luxemburg, Georg Lukács, and Ralph Miliband. The authors seek to provide a basis for the knowledge of the main contributions in contemporary Marxism and to place the debate on the concept of social class at the center of current sociological reflections. In this sense, the last chapter is not a balance nor an assessment, but offers an exercise in the problematization of the concepts of struggle and class, geared towards highlighting its relevance and potential in Marxist sociology within an agenda centered in the principle of antagonism. Beyond the endeavor to recognize and revitalize the Marxist perspective, the authors offer tools for reflection that allow readers to refresh and expand their knowledge on a fundamental concept and a debate of great theoretical importance in social thought.
The author

About the author

Massimo Modonesi is a historian and sociologist, Professor at the Political and Social Sciences College in the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He is the author of 15 books and close to 200 articles on Marxist concepts and sociopolitical movements in Mexico and Latin America.

Alfonso García Vela is professor and researcher in the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico. His fields of research and teaching are sociology, Frankfurt School critical theory, modern social theory, and Western Marxism. His latest publication is Open Marxism 4. Against a Closing World (Pluto Press, 2020) co-edited with Ana Cecilia Dinerstein, John Holloway, and Edith González.

María Vignau Loría is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at the University of Washington. Her research agenda includes social theory, international migration, and demography.


"Class has become a bothersome term for Marxists. It is a central part of Marx’s theory, but what do we understand by it and how does it relate to struggle today? This is an excellent collection of essays on different approaches that readers will find extremely helpful and stimulating."—John Holloway, Professor Emeritus at Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla
Additional Information

Additional Information

Delivery time 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Author Guido Liguori, Pierre Matari, Massimo Modonesi, Maria Vignau Loria, Alfonso Galileo Garcia Vela
Editor Massimo Modonesi, María Vignau Loría, Alfonso Galileo García Vela
Number of pages 166
Language English
Publication date May 24, 2022
Weight (kg) 0.2170
ISBN-13 9783838216072