Capitalisms’ Future: Alienation, Emancipation and Critique frames 21st century economic and social possibilities in a dialogue between two forms of critical social theory: Marx’s
critique of political economy that analyzes capitalism and the
critique of political psychology that analyzes authoritarianism. Contributions from social theorists in sociology, philosophy, and cultural studies are brought together to dissect and critique capitalist crises, left-liberalism, left-Thatcherism, resistance to risk-pooling, idealist philosophy, undemocratic social character, status wages and authoritarian spectacles. Throughout, Marx’s centrality to critical social theory is confirmed, both alone and in in powerful combination with Adorno, Durkheim, Dubois, Lacan, Veblen, Weber and others. This book outlines conjoined critiques of
authority fetishism as the emancipatory agenda of 21st century critical theory.
Contributors are: Kevin S. Amidon, Graham Cassano, Tony A. Feldmann, Daniel Krier, Christian Lotz, Patrick Murray, David Norman Smith, Tony Smith, William J. Swart, and Mark P. Worrell.
Daniel Krier (Ph.D. University of Kansas) is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Iowa State University where he teaches sociological theory. He has published a book
Speculative Management: Stock Market Power and Corporate Change (SUNY) and numerous articles on finance capital, political economy, critical theory and historical sociology.
Mark P. Worrell (PhD University of Kansas) is Associate Professor of sociological theory at SUNY Cortland and has authored books on war, terror, and The Frankfurt School and the revolutionary potential of the American labor force during World War Two. Worrell has published widely in critical social theory journals including
Logos, and is currently an Associate Editor at the journal
Table of contents
Notes on Contributors
Daniel Krier and Mark P. Worrell
TOWARDS A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF CRITICAL THEORY
1. Capitalism’s Future: Self Alienation, Self-Emancipation and the Remaking of Critical Theory
David Norman Smith
SECTION 1: CAPITALISM’S FUTURE AND THE CRITIQUE OF POLITICAL ECONOMY
2. Beyond Left Liberalism: A Critical Look at Proposals to Reform the Capital/Wage Labor Relation
3. Left Thatcherism: Recent Critical Theory and Post-Marxism(s) in the Light of Marxian Social Ontology
4. Capital’s Reach: How Capital Shapes and Subsumes
5. Easing the Encumbered Subject: Security, Speculation and Capitalist Subjectivity
Kevin Amidon and Daniel Krier
SECTION 2: CAPITALISM’S FUTURE AND THE CRITIQUE OF POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY
6. The Idolatry of Mind: Durkheim’s Critique of Idealism
Mark P. Worrell
7. Social Character in Western Pre-Modernity: Lacanian Psychosis in Wladyslaw Reymont’s
The Peasants Daniel Krier and Tony Feldmann
8. Pragmatism's Status Wage and the Standpoint of the Stranger
9. Dark Spectacle: Authoritarian Performance and the Commodity Form
William J. Swart and Daniel Krier
This book will appeal to those interested in capitalism, Marxist theory, political authoritarianism, alienation, commodity-fetishism in the fields of sociology, philosophy, political science and cultural studies.