Beijing between Smith and Marx

in Historical Materialism
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Abstract

In Adam Smith in Beijing, Giovanni Arrighi attempts to outline the possible consequences of the growth of China through a rereading of the work of Adam Smith and a critique of Marx. This article analyses and sheds light on the limits of this reading, upon which Arrighi bases his prediction of a possible peaceful growth in collaboration amongst the various nations within the world-market. It also seeks to identify what makes Marx’s work so timely for the understanding of the contemporary phase of capitalist globalisation, with its escalation of the exploitation of ever more globalised labour-power, and of international competition.<xref ref-type="fn" rid="FN1">1</xref>

Historical Materialism

Research in Critical Marxist Theory

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