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Marx and the Alternative to Capitalism

Marx and the Alternative to Capitalism

Kieran Allen


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If we are serious about finding a different way to run the post-recession society, we must start by introducing alternatives to undergraduates. Kieran Allen begins the task with an accessible and comprehensive look at the ideas of Karl Marx.

Dispensing with the dryness of traditional explanations of Marx, Allen shows how Marx's ideas apply to modern society. The first section briefly outlines Marx's life and the development of his work, then goes on to clearly explain his key theories, including historical materialism and surplus value.

The second section examines alternatives to capitalism, the concept of ‘anti-capitalism’ and provides concrete, contemporary examples of Marx’s theories being put into practice in today’s world.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Cover Cover
Contents v
Acknowledgements vi
Introduction 1
1. Rebel with a Cause 6
2. A for Profit Society 19
3. Alienation 35
4. Social Class 55
5. Gender and Race 77
6. How We Are Kept in Line 94
7. Historical Materialism 115
8. Crash: How the System Implodes 135
9. Utopia or Revolution 151
10. After the Revolution 163
11. The Economics of Socialism 176
12. Into the Beyond 195
Notes 202
Guide to Further Reading 221
Select Bibliography 224
Index 229