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The current resurgence of Marxism is based on new sources of inspiration and creativity from movements that seek democratic, egalitarian and ecological alternatives to capitalism. The Marxism of many of these movements is neither dogmatic nor prescriptive, but rather, open, searching, utopian. It revolves around four primary factors: the importance of democracy for an emancipatory project; the ecological limits of capitalism; the crisis of global capitalism; and the learning of lessons from the failures of Marxist-inspired experiments. Marxisms in the Twenty-First Century challenges vanguardist Marxism featured in South Africa and beyond. Featuring leading thinkers from the Left, the book offers provocative ideas on interpreting our current world and serves as an excellent introduction to new ways of thinking about Marxism to students and scholars in the field. Many anti-capitalist traditions and themes - including democracy, globalisation, feminism, critique and ecology inform and shape the contributions in this volume.
Acerca de Patrick Bond

Patrick Bond is a distinguished professor, and teaches Political Economy and Political Ecology at the Wits School of Governance.

Acerca de Jacklyn Cock

Jacklyn Cock is a professor emeritus in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has published widely on gender, militarisation and environmental issues. Her last book was The War against Ourselves: Nature, Power and Justice (Wits University Press, 2007)

Acerca de Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams is associate professor in Sociology and chairperson of the Global Labour University programme at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Acerca de John Saul

John Saul is professor emeritus of Social and Political Science at York University, Canada, and is a leading intellectual and activist with reference to Africa-related issues.

Acerca de Michael Burawoy

Michael Burawoy is professor at the University of California, Berkley. He was President of the International Sociological Association (ISA) until 2014.

Acerca de Meg Luxton

Meg Luxton is professor and director of the graduate programme in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University, Canada.

Acerca de Trevor Ngwane

Trevor Ngwane is a community activist and leader who has written extensively on South Africa’s social movements and local politics.

Acerca de Ashwin Desai

Ashwin Desai is professor of Sociology based at the Centre for Sociological Research, University of Johannesburg.

Acerca de Devan Pillay

Devan Pillay is a professor in Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is active in the Global Labour University and International Centre for Development and Decent Work networks.

Acerca de Ahmed Veriava

Ahmed Veriava is researcher, writer and lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Acerca de Daryl Glaser

Daryl Glaser is associate professor in the department of Political Studies at Wits University.

Acerca de Vishwas Satgar

Vishwas Satgar is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, and has been involved in grassroots activism for over three decades. He is the editor of the Democratic Marxism series and has published widely on Africa, South Africa, transnational alternatives and Marxism. In 2015, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the World Association of Political Economy for initiating and editing this series.

Acerca de Mazibuko Jara

Mazibuko Jara is a freelance writer and activist and was senior researcher at the Law, Race and Gender Research Unit in the Law department at the University of Cape Town.


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