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Karl Marx and the Postcolonial Age


Part of the Marx, Engels, and Marxisms book series (MAENMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Ranabir Samaddar
    Pages 31-57
  3. Ranabir Samaddar
    Pages 59-87
  4. Ranabir Samaddar
    Pages 89-115
  5. Ranabir Samaddar
    Pages 145-174
  6. Ranabir Samaddar
    Pages 175-202
  7. Ranabir Samaddar
    Pages 203-232
  8. Ranabir Samaddar
    Pages 233-260
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 291-319

About this book


This book seeks to explicitly engage Marxist and post-colonial theory to place Marxism in the context of the post-colonial age. Those who study Marx, particularly in the West, often lack an understanding of post-colonial realities; conversely, however, those who fashion post-colonial theory often have an inadequate understanding of Marx. Many think that Marx is not relevant to critique postcolonial realities and the legacy of Marx seldom reaches the post-colonial countries directly. This work will read Marx in the contemporary post-colonial condition and elaborate the current dynamics of post-colonial capitalism. It does this by analysing contemporary post-colonial history and politics in the framework of inter-relations between the three categories of class, people, and postcolonial transformation. Examining the structure of power in postcolonial countries and revisiting the revolutionary theory of dual power in that context, it appreciates and explains the transformative potentialities of Marx in relation to post-colonial condition.


Marx and Postcolonialism Postcolonialism Accumulation Living Labour Capital Supply Chains Theories of Postcolonial Economy Dual Power Lenin Workers' struggles Class struggle Revolution Populism Working Class Historical Immanence Postcolonial political subject Postcolonial condition Postcolonial Labour Postcolonial capital Production of knowledge

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Calcutta Research GroupKolkataIndia

About the authors

Ranabir Samaddar is Distinguished Chair of the Calcutta Research Group, IN, and belongs to the school of critical thinking. He has pioneered peace studies programmes in South Asia. He has worked extensively on issues of justice and rights in the context of conflicts in South Asia.   

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