By Robert Antonio, Ira J. Cohen
During this illuminating and concise choice of readings, Karl Marx emerges because the first theorist to provide a entire social view of the delivery and improvement of capitalist modernity that begun with the second one business Revolution and nonetheless exists this day.
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Seeing these two types of class location to be all-important and nearly universal sites of structural constraint, Marx believed that inquiry into their social patterning in different cultural and historical settings would reveal decisive facts about overall sociocultural development. He saw relations between ruling classes and direct producers to be dynamic. In his view, major sociocultural transformations are usually rooted in changes in the productive forces, but he argued that “class struggle” is the effective mobilizing force in such shifts.
The ﬁrst volume of Capital (1867a) appeared about a decade after Marx began his major effort to theorize capitalist political economy. He planned originally to complete six books (several of these were to include multiple volumes) of his magnum opus. Although writing thousands of pages of text and ﬁlling many notebooks for the broader study, he never ﬁnished it. After Marx’s death in 1883, Engels edited and assembled the two unﬁnished core volumes (Marx 1885, 1894). Karl Kautsky later edited the three volumes of Theories of Surplus Value (1905 –10), Marx’s critical history of economic theory.
The ﬁrst section of the Manifesto is still perhaps the most powerful representation of this sensibility by a social theorist. The consequent crisis of representation subverted the old ways of thinking and acting, and called forth new secular approaches to the social world. Modern social theory was a key part of the fabric of a nascent world view. ” They wrote their major works when the Second Industrial Revolution spread beyond Great Britain and reached its height. Operating in Marx’s wake, they often criticized, tacitly or overtly, his argument about capitalism and modernity.
Marx and Modernity: Key Readings and Commentary (Modernity and Society) by Robert Antonio, Ira J. Cohen