Class History and Class Practices in the Periphery of Capitalism Vol: 34

Paul Zarembka
State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

Product Details
03 Sep 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
252 pages - 152 x 229mm
Research in Political Economy


Only after World War II did scholars move to theorize the distinction between the core countries at the center of capitalism and peripheral countries, often with an added distinction to include the semi-peripheral. Immanuel Wallerstein's World Systems approach has been particularly important and led the term periphery into common scholarly parlance. Not surprisingly, much work remains to be done to untangle the extreme diversity and complexity of the political economies and resistances against the multidimensional cruelties perpetrated in the world’s many, very different peripheral contexts.  

Class History and Class Practices in the Periphery of Capitalism addresses this need head-on. A first chapter lays a theoretical groundwork by showing that Marx, in his later life, became aware that historical developments are much more complicated than he originally conceived them to be, and he was not as far away from calling for site-specific analyses. Contributions here carry out just such analyses: they describe specificities for Russia, Portugal, Argentina, and Mexico, offer broader perspectives on post-hegemonic Latin America and Asia, provide detailed analyses of resistances across Africa, and reflect on the deeper meaning of neozapatismo for promoting a shift in the entire terrain of discussion.  

Rich in theoretical depth and empirical rigor, and supplemented by an out-of-the-archive translation of Karl Katusky's theory of crises, this book is essential reading for students and scholars of political economy and international political economy, and it is of keen interest to anyone working to resist specific capitalist exploitations in their own place and time.
Preface; Paul Zarembka  
Part I. Peripheral Europe and Post-Hegemonic Regionalism 
Chapter 1. The Development of Capitalism in Russia in the Works of Marx, Danielson, Vorontsov and Lenin; James D. White 
Chapter 2. The Historical Course of Ownership Structures and Rentier Capitalism in Portugal; Mariana Mortágua
Chapter 3. Geopolitical Economy of Post-Hegemonic Regionalism in Latin America and Eurasia; Efe Can Gürcan
Part II. Africa and Latin America 
Chapter 4. Neoliberal Liberalism > African Authoritarianism > Disorganized Dissent; Patrick Bond 
Chapter 5. Capitalist Development in Argentina and Working Class Practices, 1870-2018; Nicolás Iñigo Carrera
Chapter 6. Unbroken Dependency: Mexico’s Passive and Bounded Revolution; Lorenzo Fusaro  
Chapter 7. The Meaning of Mexican Neozapatismo within the Current Antisystemic Movements; Carlos Antonio Aguirre Rojas 
Part III. Archive 
Chapter 8. Karl Kautsky on Mikhail Tugan-Baranovsky; Daniel Gaido and Darío Scattolini  
Chapter 9. Theories of Crises; Karl Kautsky, translated by Daniel Gaido and Darío Scattolini
Paul Zarembka holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, was trained in econometrics and the neoclassical approach to economic development, and is currently a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University at Buffalo, USA. He has published numerous books and articles over his long career, including Toward a Theory of Economic Development, Frontiers in Econometrics, and The Hidden History of 9-11 (now in its second paperback edition). In addition to writing a new book on the limitations of Marx's revolution in political economy, Paul continues his long-term union activism on his campus, having served previously as President and serving currently as Grievance Officer for Academics. He has been the series editor for Research in Political Economy since 1977.

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