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Capitalism: A Conversation in Critical Theory
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Nancy Fraser Rahel Jaeggi
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Capitalism: A Conversation in Critical Theory

Nancy Fraser Rahel Jaeggi


9780745671574

Polity Press


Political science & theory;
Business & Economics;
Economic systems & structures


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224 pages

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What is capitalism? How do we understand its relation to twenty-first century society? What does it mean to criticize capitalism? And what kinds of social conflict and struggle can we expect to find under capitalism?

In this important new book, Nancy Fraser and Rahel Jaeggi take a fresh look at the big questions surrounding this peculiar social form known as "capitalism," upending many of our commonly held assumptions about what capitalism is and how to subject it to critique. Jaeggi presses Fraser to develop her new, "expanded" view of capitalism, in which capitalism is more than an economic system but an "institutionalized social order" that encompasses multiple domains of society - including the state monopoly on violence, the organization of family life, and relations to the natural environment. Fraser shows how, throughout its history, various regimes of capitalism have relied on a series of institutional separations between economy and polity, production and social reproduction, and human and non-human nature, periodically readjusting the "boundaries" between these domains in response to crises and upheavals. Fraser and Jaeggi discuss in what sense such "boundary struggles" offer a key to understanding capitalism's contradictions and the multiple forms of conflict to which it gives rise.

What emerges from this analysis is a renewed crisis critique of capitalism which puts our present conjuncture into broader perspective, along with sharp diagnoses of the weaknesses of contemporary progressive politics, the recent resurgence of right-wing populism, and what would be required of a viable left alternative. This major new book by two leading critical theorists will be of great interest to anyone concerned with the nature and future of capitalism and with the key questions of progressive politics today.

By:   Nancy Fraser, Rahel Jaeggi
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 226mm,  Width: 160mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   382g
ISBN:   9780745671574
ISBN 10:   0745671578
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   July 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Contents Preface Introduction Chapter 1: Conceptualizing Capitalism Chapter 2: Historicizing Capitalism Chapter 3: Criticizing Capitalism Chapter 4: Contesting Capitalism Notes

Nancy Fraser is Henry A. & Louise Loeb Professor of Political & Social Science at the New School for Social Research Rahel Jaeggi is Professor of Practical Philosophy at the Humboldt University of Berlin


As the world is caught up in a whirlwind of multiple crises - social, ecological, political, civilizational - we desperately need to get our hands on and shut down the source. In this book, two of the most acute minds in critical theory point their fingers towards capitalism. Fraser in particular elaborates on her path-breaking 'unifying' theory of capitalism as a system resting on several hidden abodes that it cannot live without and cannot avoid wrecking. This is the sort of sober and passionate thinking we need in a world careening out of control. Andreas Malm, Lund University Fraser and Jaeggi supply an eloquent, well-reasoned, and thorough account of the key institution of our time - capitalism. For them, capitalism is not only a mode of production but also an institutional order or form of life. Those who have followed Fraser's discussion of recognition or justice, or read Jaeggi on the actuality of alienation, will cherish this brilliant contribution to understanding the world in which we live. Robin Blackburn, University of Essex An engaging and probing conversation between two eminent scholars on how to unravel the key problems of a troubled contemporary capitalism. David Harvey, City University of New York

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