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Insurgent Metaphors: Essays on Culture and Class

Price : $29.75
ISBN # : 9789350020920
Author : Ghosh Pothik
pages: 220
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Aakar Books
Published : 2010

Marxism s cultural turn, which has been prominent in its operation over at least the past four decades, continues to belie the hope it had initially held out. The idea that such a move would eventually pull Marxism out of its ontological crisis is on the verge of a miscarriage. That is certainly the case in sub-continental South Asia. Unsurprisingly, therefore, culturally-turned Marxism survives as the sign of the very crisis it was meant to surpass. Its canonisation within the academia, and beyond, as a mere analytic of culture has led to the blurring of politico-ideological lines. The quietist impulse that this theory of the science of revolution has, as a consequence, come to share with so-called poststructuralism implies its complete detachment from all notions and conceptions of class and class action.

The 13 essays that comprise this book are envisaged as a small attempt from South Asia where communitarian postcolonialism and Marxist culturalism constitute the most respectable trend in radical theory to remedy the situation.



Author Bio: Pothik Ghosh was educated in Allahabad and has worked as a professional journalist in Calcutta, Lucknow and Delhi. Active with various Left groups, he is currently based in Delhi and is one of the editors of Radical Notes. His monograph, Loss as Resistance: Towards a Hermeneutic of Revolution, will be published by Aakar Books as part of the Radical Notes booklet series.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Thursday 30 June, 2011.
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