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HOMELAND SECURITY, ITS LAW AND ITS STATE

By Christos Boukalas (Routledge 2014)

This book employs Marxist state theory (esp. Nicos Poulantzas and Bob Jessop) to assess US counterterrorism law and policy, and its impact on the US polity.

(More details: http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9780415526319/)

This book assesses the impact of post-9/11 domestic counterterrorism policy on US political life. It examines political discourse, law, institutional architecture, and state-population relations, and shows that ‘homeland security’ is a project with wide-ranging implications for democratic institutions and culture. These implications are addressed through a novel approach that treats law and the state as social relations, and relates developments in law to those in the state and in social dynamics. On this basis, the book examines the new political representations in counterterrorism discourse, especially regarding the relation between the state and the population. It examines the form and content of counterterrorism law, the powers it provides, and the structure and functions it prescribes for the state.

By focusing on the new Department of Homeland Security and the restructuring of the intelligence apparatus, the book assesses the new, intelligence-led, policing model. Finally, it examines forms of popular support and resistance to homeland security, to discuss citizenship and state-population relations.

The author concludes that homeland security has turned the US into a hybrid polity; the legal and political institutions of democracy remain intact, but their content and practices become authoritarian and exclude the population from politics. These legal and political forms remain operative beyond counterterrorism, in the context of the present economic crisis. They are a permanent configuration of power.

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/new-from-routledge-homeland-security-its-law-and-its-state-by-christos-boukalas

 

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Karl Marx

KARL MARX

Karl Marx

Imprint: Ashgate

Published: August 2012

Format: 244 x 169 mm

Extent: 684 pages

Binding: Hardback

ISBN: 978-0-7546-7757-4

Price:  $350.00; Website price: $315.00

BL Reference: 335.4-dc22

LoC Control No: 2011934979

Edited by Bertell Ollman, New York University, USA and Kevin B. Anderson, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Series: The International Library of Essays in Classical Sociology

Marx’s approach to analyzing society and especially his critique of capitalist society, continues to influence the work of a large number of scholars world-wide. Unfortunately, there are relatively few clear accounts of what this approach is and how to put it to use. And, despite the many attempts to use Marx’s method to study a variety of subjects, there are relatively few that can serve as useful models. In the present volume, the internationally renowned Marxist scholar, Bertell Ollman, and the social theorist Kevin B. Anderson, have brought together a sampling of the best writings of the past hundred years that illustrate and critique Marx’s method as well as explain what it is and how to put it to work. Anyone wishing to understand better Marx’s dialectical method (along, of course, with the theories created with its help), or to revise this method or to criticize it, or to use it in their own work will find this collection invaluable.

 

Contents:

Introduction

Part I Theory and Method: Reification and the consciousness of the proletariat, Georg Lukács; The age of revolutions: industrial, social-political, intellectual, Raya Dunayevskaya; Putting dialectics to work: the process of abstraction in Marx’s method, Bertell Ollman; The unity of science and revolution: Marxism as critique, Peter G. Stillman; Karl Marx’s Enquête Ouvriere, Hilde Weiss (and Karl Marx).

Part II Political Economy: From financial crisis to world slump: accumulation, financialization and the global slowdown, David McNally; Self-sourcing: how corporations get us to work without pay!, Martha E. Gimenez; The reproduction of daily life, Fredy Perlman; The rise and future demise of the world capitalist system: concepts for comparative analysis, Immanuel Wallerstein; The ‘new’ imperialism: accumulation by dispossession, David Harvey.

Part III State and Politics: The constitution as an elitist document, Michael Parenti; The monopolistic economy: property and contract, Franz Neumann; The worldwide class struggle, Vincent Navarro; The economic and social functions of the legal institutions, Karl Renner; The problem of the capitalist state, Nicos Poulantzas; Reply to Nicos Poulantzas, Ralph Miliband; The Marxist case for revolution today, Ernest Mandel.

Part IV The Individual and Society: Psychoanalysis and sociology, Erich Fromm; The uses and abuses of ‘civil society’, Ellen Meiksins Wood; Labor market and penal sanction: thoughts on the sociology of penal justice, Georg Rusche; The injuries of class, Michael D. Yates; Sports and cultural politics: the attraction of modern spectator sports, Sut Jhally and Bill Livant.

Part V Culture and Religion: The culture industry: enlightenment as mass deception, Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno; Museum, Inc.: inside the global art world (over-the-cliff notes), Paul Werner; The cultural logic of late capitalism, Fredric Jameson; Aroma and shadow: Marx vs Nietzsche on religion, Ishay Landa.

Part VI History: Exploitation, E.P. Thompson; The feudal mode of production, Perry Anderson; The decline and fall of Rome, G.E.M. de Ste Croix.

Part VII Colonialism, Race and Gender: Negroes in the Civil War: their role in the second American revolution, C.L.R. James (J.R. Johnson); Race relations – its meaning, beginning and progress, Oliver C. Cox; The feminist standpoint: developing the ground for a specifically feminist historical materialism, Nancy C.M. Hartsock; Marx’s late writings on non-Western and pre-capitalist societies and gender, Kevin B. Anderson.

Part VIII Ecology: Marx’s ecology in historical perspective, John Bellamy Foster; Marx’s vision of sustainable human development, Paul Burkett; Name index.

 

About the Editors:

Bertell Ollman is Professor of Politics at New YorkUniversity. He has published widely on Marxist theory and his books include Alienation: Marx’s Conception of Man in Capitalist Society (1971, 1976), Marxism: An Uncommon Introduction (1991), Dialectical Investigations (1993) The Dance of the Dialectic: Further Essays on Marx’s Method (2001) and (as editor, with Edward Vernoff) The Left Academy: Marxist Scholarship on American Campuses 3 vols (1982, 1984, 1986). His books have been translated into Spanish, Italian, French, Chinese and Korean. In 2001 he was the recipient of the first Charles McCoy Life Achievement Award from the New Political Science section of the American Political Science Association. 



Kevin B. Anderson is Professor of Sociology, Political Science and Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Lenin, Hegel and Western Marxism: A Critical Study (1995); Gender and the Seductions of Islamism (2005), and the co-author, with Janet Afary, of Foucault and the Iranian Revolution. He is the editor of Marx on Suicide (1999, co-edited with Eric A. Plaut); The Power of Negativity: Selected Writings on the Dialectic in Hegel and Marx by Raya Dunayevskaya (2002, co-edited with Peter Hudis); and The Rosa Luxemburg Reader (2004, co-edited with Peter Hudis). His third monograph, single-authored, is Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies (University of Chicago, 2010) for which he received the 2011 Paul Sweezy Book Award from the Marxist Section of the American Sociological Association. He has published numerous articles on Marx and Marxism for over 25 years.

 

Originally at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/karl-marx-by-bertell-ollman-and-kevin-b.-anderson-eds  

 

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Karl Marx

MARX READING GROUP AND FILM SCREENINGS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

The Marx Reading Group organised by students from the University of Nottingham continues into its fifth year with a focus on key theoreticians of contemporary Western Marxism. In response to an increasing demand for an alternative politics and the corresponding resurgent interest in theory, we turn to key texts by Lukács, the Frankfurt School, Sartre, Althusser, Poulantzas, Negri, Badiou and Žižek.

The reading group sessions will take place fortnightly on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. in Trent B4 in the University of Nottingham starting 14th October 2010. You can download the poster here and the reading list is available here.

At the moment the group is comprised of both university students and members of the general public, and we welcome anyone with an interest in politics, philosophy, history, critical theory and culture. The texts for each session will be available in advance from the postgraduate research office in Trent B4b. For more information, please write to Adity Singh at ajxas3@nottingham.ac.uk.

We will also continue for the third year with the parallel series of Film Screenings that will take place on alternate Thursdays from 6-9pm in LG140 Hallward Library Screening Room, University of Nottingham starting 21st October 2010. Entry is free and everyone is welcome. Please see the poster here from more details.

I hope to see many of you for the reading group discussions and/or the film screenings.

Best wishes,

Adity Singh

P.S. In case the embedded links to the posters do not work, here are the dates:

Marx Reading Group:

(http://syllabicinterlude.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/marx-reading-group-2010-2011.pdf)

14th October 2010 – György Lukács

28th October 2010 – Frankfurt School I – Theodor W. Adorno
11th November 2010 – Frankfurt School II – Walter Benjamin
25th November 2010 – Frankfurt School III – Herbert Marcuse
13th January 2011 – Jean Paul Sartre I
27th January 2011 – Jean-Paul Sartre II
10th February 2011 – Louis Althusser I
24th February 2011 – Louis Althusser II
10th March 2011 – Nicos Poulantzas
24th March 2011 – Antonio Negri
12th May 2011 – Alain Badiou
26th May 2011 – Slavoj Žižek

Marxist Film Screenings:
(http://syllabicinterlude.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/marxist-film-screenings-2010-2011.pdf)

21st October 2010 – Red Cartoons (Animations from East Germany) + Eisenstein’s Strike (1925)
4th November 2010 – Pudovkin’s Mother, 1905 (1926)
18th November 2010 – Eisenstein’s Old and New (1929)
2nd December 2010 – Dovzhenko’s Earth (1930)
20th January 2011 – Pasolini’s Hawks and Sparrows (1966)
3rd February 2011 – Beyer’s The trace of stones (1966)
17th February 2011 – Alea’s Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)
3rd March 2011 – Karmitz’s Coup pour coup (1972)
17th March 2011 – Grlic’s You only love once (1981)
31st March 2011 – Aranda’s Libertarias (1996)
19th May 2011 – Wakamatsu’s United Red Army (2007)
2nd June 2011 – Godard’s Socialisme (2010)

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May Day

A NEW WASTE LAND? FIFTH ANNUAL MAY DAY LECTURE

Centre for Democracy and Human Rights
SEMINAR SERIES IN RADICAL POLITICAL & SOCIAL THOUGHT

Fifth Annual May Day Lecture

A New Waste Land? From the Cruellest of Aprils to the Most Unpredictable of May Days

Konstantinos Tsoukalas, Professor Emeritus in Sociology and Political Theory, University of Athens

Do something democratic this election day, think!

Join us as Konstantinos Tsoukalas examines the current economic crisis and political malaise. Professor Tsoukalas is Greece’s most illustrious political theorist and public intellectual. He taught at the University of Paris VIII for many years (1968-1981) before returning to Greece, having worked closely with such key Marxist thinkers as Nicos Poulantzas, Jean-Claude Passeron, Henri Lefebvre, and Philippe Rey. His books include: The Greek Tragedy (1969), Dependency and Reproduction (1975), Social Development and the State (1981), State, Society, and Labor in Post-war Greece (1986), Idols of Civilization: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity in the Contemporary Polity (1991), Sovereign Power as People and as Nation (1999), and War and Peace after the ‘End of History’ (2006).

Thursday May 6th, from 5-7pm
Council Chamber, Old Fire House

ALL ARE WELCOME

For further information please contact: Dr Peter Bratsis (Tel. 0161 295 6555 or p.bratsis@salford.ac.uk)

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