Corbynism: A Critical Approach

Matt Bolton
University of Roehampton, UK

Frederick Harry Pitts
University of Bristol, UK

Product Details
24 Sep 2018
Emerald Publishing Limited
368 pages - 129 x 198mm
From the moment Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour leader, Corbynism has been dismissed, derided or romanticised, but rarely taken seriously as a set of ideas on its own terms. This book critically outlines the shared understanding of capitalism and its alternatives that unites the component parts of the Corbyn movement. It decodes the central tenets of the Corbynist worldview, showing their coherence with contemporary political-economic shifts and conspiratorial understandings of global capitalism as a 'rigged system' common to populist nativism in an age of Trump and Brexit.
Introduction: Taking Corbynism Seriously
Chapter 1. Explaining 2017: The Strange Death of the Deficit
Chapter 2. Taking Back Control: From Bennism to Corbynism
Chapter 3. The Rigged Economy? Capitalism and Conspiracy Theory
Chapter 4. The Making of a Saint: Corbynism as Moral Community
Chapter 5. International Corbynism: Nation, State and People
Conclusion: A Critical Marxist Alternative
Matt Bolton is a postgraduate researcher in Philosophy at the University of Roehampton, UK.
Frederick Harry Pitts is Lecturer in Management at the University of Bristol, UK. He is the author of Critiquing Capitalism Today: New Ways to Read Marx.
"Using Marxist critical theory, this timely and courageous book analyses Corbyn's left populism as significantly diverging from the key traditions of the class struggle and democratic left."  - Dr David Hirsh, Goldsmiths - University of London

"This book is much needed . . . it cuts through the fog of uncritical adulation

and unthinking hostility toward Jeremy Corbyn to shine a light on the origins

and dynamics of this often misunderstood part of modern British politics." - Professor Paul Thompson, University of Stirling

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