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Marx's Associated Mode of Production

A Critique of Marxism


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Paresh Chattopadhyay
    Pages 1-12
  3. Paresh Chattopadhyay
    Pages 31-58
  4. Paresh Chattopadhyay
    Pages 59-65
  5. Paresh Chattopadhyay
    Pages 75-95
  6. Paresh Chattopadhyay
    Pages 97-109
  7. Paresh Chattopadhyay
    Pages 125-156
  8. Paresh Chattopadhyay
    Pages 157-195
  9. Paresh Chattopadhyay
    Pages 197-213
  10. Paresh Chattopadhyay
    Pages 215-235
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 237-259

About this book


This book aims to restore Marx’s original emancipatory idea of socialism, conceived as an association of free individuals centered on working people’s self-emancipation after the demise of capitalism. Marxist scholar Paresh Chattopadhyay argues that Marx’s (and Engels’s) ideas have been deliberately warped with misinterpretation not only by those who resent these ideas but more consequentially by those who have come to power under the banner of Marx, calling themselves communists. This book challenges those who have inaccurately revised Marx’s ideas justify their own pursuit of political power.


Marx Alienation Association Socialism Revolution Self-emancipation Free Individual Mode of Production

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Quebec in MontrealWestmountCanada

About the authors

Paresh Chattopadhyay is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Quebec, Canada and the author of The Marxian Concept of Capital and the Soviet Experience (1994).  He was Visiting Professor at the University of Paris and University of Grenoble.  He is a guest researcher at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and a Fellow at the Berlin Institute for Critical Theory (InkriT).

Bibliographic information


“This newest book … pulls together his previous thinking on the issue, and, given the space a book provides, presents his views more clearly and in greater depth than any of his previous works. … This book should be read by anyone interested in the essence of Marxism: the transcendence of capitalism to establish a human-centered post-capitalist society.” (Al Campbell, Science & Society, Vol. 82 (04), October, 2018)

“Paresh Chattopadhyay’s Marx’s Associated Mode of Production: A Critique of Marxism stands out as a unique perspective, since it outlines the epistemological mechanism to understand Marx’s original repertoire, and then compares this with what occurred in 20th century history. … this book is a critical exposition of Chattopadhyay’s deep understanding of Marx’s original works. … Marx’s Associated Mode of Production is indeed a classic of a master Marxologist steeped in the original works of Marx.” (Murzban Jal, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 53 (18), May, 2018)