In this succinct and panoramic work-both stimulating for the specialist and accessible to the general reader-one of the world's leading social theorists, Göran Therborn, tackles the question of the trajectory of Marxism in the twentieth century and its legacy for radical thought in the twenty-first.
Addressing the history of critical theory from the contemporary vantage-point characterized by postmodernism, post-Marxism and critiques of Eurocentrism, Therborn probes how the recent theoretical currents-including those of Slavoj iek, Antonio Negri, and Alain Badiou-have coped with the changed intellectual as well as political and economic contexts.
In the light of these discussions, Therborn then proceeds to a global investigation of the parameters of twenty-first century politics. This will become the essential appraisal of Marxism in the modern age.
About the Author
Goeran Therborn is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. He is also the former Co-Director of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences at Uppsala. His works have been published in at least twenty-four languages. Since his retirement from Cambridge in 2010, he has lived at Ljungbyholm, in southeast Sweden.
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