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Are we now in an age of "postmodernity"? Even as some on the right have proclaimed the "end of history" or the final triumph of capitalism, we are told by some left intellectuals that the "modern" epoch has ended, that the "Enlightenment project" is dead, that all the old verities and ideologies have lost their relevance, that the old principles of rationality no longer apply, and so on. Yet what is striking about the current diagnosis of postmodernity is that it has so much in common with older pronouncements of death, both radical and reactionary versions. What has ended apparently, is not so much another, different epoch but the same one all over again.
In response, the best of today's new intellectuals on the left are returning to historical materialism, to class analysis. This collection reflects that move, pinning postmodernism in its place and time. The contributors challenge the limits imposed on action and resistance by those who see liberating "new times" in the contradictions of contemporary capitalism.
($16.00 paper/$38.00 cloth/224 pp.)
"But if constructing the future and settling everything for all times are not our affair, it is all the more clear what we have to accomplish at present: I am referring to ruthless criticism of all that exists, ruthless both in the sense of not being afraid of the results it arrives at and in the sense of being just a little afraid of the powers that be."--KARL MARX, 1843
-A world market of opportunities? Capitalist obstacles and left economic policy, Greg Albo
-Financial crises on the threshold of the 21st century, Elmar Altvater
-Green imperialism: pollution, penitence, profits, Larry Pratt & Wendy Montgomery
-China's communist capitalism: the real world of market socialism, Gerard Greenfield & Apo Leong
-Taking stock of a century of socialism, George Ross
-The marginality of the american left: the legacy of the 1960s, Barbara Epstein
-Clinton's liberalism: no model for the left, Doug Henwood
-The ideology of "family and community": New labor abandons the welfare state, Joan Smith
-The decline of social democracy:the spanish experience, 1982-1996, Vicente Navarro
-Cardoso's political project in Brazil: The limits of social democracy, Paul Cammack
-The state as charade: Political mobilization in today's India, Ananya Mukherjee-Reed
-Marxism, film, and theory, Scott Forsyth
-Cyborg fictions: the cultural logic of post-humanism, Scott McCracken
-Restoring the real: rethinking social constructivist theories of science, Meera Nanda
-Postcolonial theory and the "post-" condition, Aijaz Ahmad
($18.00 paper/318 pp.)
This wide-ranging multidisciplinary collection is essential reading, bringing together theoretical reflection and case study material on the different meanings given to politics in Latin America today.
-Introduction: Controversies in gender politics, Elizabeth Dore
-Women, work, and empowerment: Romanticizing the reality, Sharon McClenaghan
-Nicaraguan women: legal, political, and social spaces, Anna Fernandez Poncela
-Public and private spheres: The end of dichotomy, Tessa Cubitt and Helen Greenslade
-Engendering human rights, Elizabeth Jelin
-"Desde la protesta a la propuesta": The institutionalization of the women's movement in Chile, Ann Matear
-The holy family: Imagined households in Latin American history, Elizabeth Dore
-The charm of family patterns: Historical and contemporary change in Latin America, Ricardo Cicerchia
-Sex/gender arrangements and the reproduction of class in the Latin American past, Muriel Nazzari
-Reading gender in history, Carmen Ramos Escandon
-Problems of definition in theorizing Latin American women's writing, Deborah Shaw
-The subversive languages of Carmen Ollè: Irony and imagination, William Rowe
-From the margins to the center: Recent trends in feminist theory in the United States and Latin America, Jean Franco
-Gender politics: Luisa Valenzuela's "Cola de lagartija," Claudine Potvin
-Conclusion: Post binary bliss: A new materialist synthesis? Nanneke Redclift
($18.00 paper/$38.00 cloth/288 pp.)
To introduce new readers to Marx's contributions, Monthly Review Press presents How to Read Karl Marx. The noted Austrian critic Ernst Fischer has crafted a brief, clear, and faithful exposition of Marx's major premises, with particular attention to historical context. This new edition of the English translation of Was Marx wirklich sagte (1968) includes new commentary by John Bellamy Foster that sharpens Fischer's focus for 1990s readers. Also included are a biographical chronology, extracts from major works of Marx, and "Marx's Method," an early and valuable essay by Paul M. Sweezy.
$12.00 paper/$26.00 cloth/224 pp.
"This remarkable collection is just what we needed. Its diverse viewpoints share a respect for the rich complexity of the social/natural environment and a willingness to challenge received wisdom."--RICHARD LEVINS
Green Guerrillas brings together leading environmental writers on both sides of the Atlantic to highlight struggles that have previously received little publicity outside Latin America. Vivid reports of the situation at the grassroots level--urban and rural--and concise analysis of the problems faced by community, governmental, and international environmental organizations makes this an authoritative volume that is essential reading for those concerned with environmental issues everywhere.
$19.00 paper/250 pp./A Latin America Bureau Book
The novels of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the theater and minstrel shows of the mid-nineteenth century, the movies and television of the twentieth century are the building blocks that Jim Cullen uses to demonstrate how unique and vibrant popular cultural forms have overcome initial resistance from the elites and enabled historically marginalized groups to gain access to the fruits of society and recognition from the mainstream.
$18.00 paper/$36.00 cloth/352 pp.
In Beyond Capital, the internationally esteemed Marxist philosopher Istvàn Mèszàros provides a major contribution to the task of reassessing the socialist alternative and the conditions for its realization in the light of twentieth-century developments and disappointments. Mèszàros brings original Marxist thinking to bear on the most fundamental issue facing the left: how to move theoretically Beyond Capital—beyond the project that Marx began and which he articulated under a specific form of commodity capitalism, as well as beyond the power of capital itself.
$25.00 paper/994 pp.
Let Them Eat Ketchup!—the title comes from a Reagan administration decision to classify ketchup as a vegetable in federal school lunch programs—begins with an examination of how governments define and measure poverty. Sheila Collins discusses the political controversies that have raged over social policies targeted at the poor, and graphically shows the gap between the official definition of poverty and the real inequality and suffering of the poor.
$13.00 paper/160 pp.
Using charts, graphs, and cartoons, Michael Yates describes how unemployment, or the fear of it, is part of the life of every American worker. He outlines the changes in the structure of the labor market that have undermined the living standards of the employed. Tying these together, he provides an easily understood analysis of the economy and the social destruction brought on by its everyday functions.
$13.00 paper/160 pp.
Weil offers a timely analysis of the growing tensions between China and the United States and their roots in China's push to lead in the world market. He also describes the continuing contention between the legacies of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. Finally, making the case for the inherent instability of "market socialism," Weil offers a challenging perspective on China after Deng, and the implications for the economic and political situation worldwide.
$16.00 paper/$32.00 cloth/288 pp.
"Mayekiso's is an insider's story, one of the few and one of the very best that has emerged from the crucible of opposition to apartheid during the 1980s.... This is a serious, stirring, personal account of commitment, within a framework that emphasizes class and gender struggles and the importance of maintaining a civic consciousness in South Africa."--Choice, American Library Association.
This insider's account of an extraordinary period of national political transition is also a primer on a new radical philosophy, the street-smart Marxism that developed in South Africa's sprawling townships between 1985 and 1995 and rendered them ungovernable for the apartheid state.
$15.00 paper/$30.00 cloth/288 pp.
Outlining the history of AFDC, starting with the 1935 Social Security Act, Abramovitz shows how the manipulation of gender, race, and class, have made welfare vulnerable to attack.
$13.00 paper/$26.00 cloth/160 pp.
In this clearly written and accessible book, Foster grounds his discussion of the global ecological crisis in the inherently destructive nature of our world economic system. His argument leads inexorably to the conclusion that basic changes, not marginal adjustments, are urgently needed.
$13.00 paper/160 pp.
Joan Greenbaum tells the story of changes in management policies, work organization, and the design of office information systems from the 1950s to the present. Using examples from many types of workplaces and the voices of the office workers themselves, Greenbaum shows how it is not the introduction of technology, but the restructuring of the economy and management reengineering of the workplace that have produced the transformations sweeping through the world of office work.
$13.00 paper/160 pp.
In this important study, rooted in the complex realities of the region's history, Catherine Samary describes how the Yugoslav federation was ripped apart—not brought down by internal collapse as is routinely argued. Samary recounts how intervention by foreign military forces in the name of international security speeded the bloodbath that followed reckless ventures into marketization and a collapse in living standards.
$16.00 paper/$30.00 cloth/224 pp.
Blues for America combines an historical critique of the "American Century" with journalistic reports and personal anecdotes. Doug Dowd, an economics professor and long-time troublemaker, traces the socioeconomic history of our country decade by decade in a style reminiscent of Dos Passos' U.S.A.
$18.00 paper/$38.00 cloth/392 pp./photos