Class, Production and Politics: A Reply to Burawoy
Ours is perhaps the first time in two hundred years that is without blueprints of a radical social transformation. In particular, the socialist alternative that emerged around 1848 and became the guiding idea of mass movements around 1890 seems to have faded from the public scene. The countries which assumed the socialist appellation are desperately grasping for capitalist remedies to their economic and ideological breakdown, while political parties in capitalist societies that bear the socialist label have abandoned even the semblance of an alternative. The question guiding most of my work which received Michael Burawoy’s scrutiny is why the left in democratic capitalist countries has failed to offer a politically, economically and ideologically viable alternative to capitalism.
KeywordsRational Choice Class Formation Collective Identity Material Welfare Public Ownership
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