By Robert A. Gorman

ISBN-10: 0313235139

ISBN-13: 9780313235139

This Dictionary comprehensively surveys significant twentieth-century neo-Marxian (non-orthodox) thinkers and activists through the global. This thorough examine relief includes over two hundred biographical essays which come with pertinent biographical info; a precis of the entrant's major and distinctive contributions to neo-Marxian concept and perform; and a bibliography of correct fundamental and secondary works. The essays are ready via a variety of certified and across the world well-known Marxian students. unique emphasis is put on phrases, options, and views linked to every one entrant. as well as the biographical essays, ten entries touching on teams, routine, and journals judged as the most important to knowing the evolution of Neo-Marxism in a specific state or the West in most cases are incorporated. the quantity includes an appendix that lists the entrants via nationality, and a complete index that lists all names, agencies, events, journals, and so on. ultimately, the editor has integrated an introductory essay in which he highlights Marx's personal contribution to the following proliferation of Marxian theories, by way of emphasizing the doubtless incompatible theoretical premises he embraced.

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By 1960 he was serving as an organizer for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, and from 1964 to 1967 he held the position of international representative for the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers. In the late 1960s he worked as a community organizer in New York and an antiwar and socialist activist. He coedited Studies in the Left, a major American new left journal of the period, and he contributed articles to numerous progressive publications. He cofounded the New American Movement (NAM), a 1970s socialist and democratic organization, and later he helped merge NAM into the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).

Throughout his career, this unorthodox Marxist urged the Socialist Party to establish greater internal discipline and greater external independence from cen­ trist reformers and the Communists. Ampuero also implored his comrades to define more clearly their Marxian ideology and proletarian orientation. Trying to carve out a nationalistic position independent from the social democrats and the communists, he found faults with Maoism! and Castroism! as well as Sta­ linism.! Instead, Ampuero saw Titoism!

27 -2 8 ) and about politics itself (nos. 2 5 -2 6 , 27-28). (p. 191) Within their enterprise from the beginning existed a profound ambiguity, which would result in the journal’s demise in 1962: on the one hand, free of Party constraints, the group undertook an explicit extension and revision of Marxist thought; on the other hand, given the nonsectarian orientation that they chose, a virulent anti-Stalinism emerged, often resulting in total iconoclasm. Despite the heterogeneity of the A rgum ents contributors’ perspectives, their thought posed questions that had been repressed by Party discipline, about the Marxism of Soviet socialism, about the nature of the superstructure and its relation to the base, about the weaknesses of Marxist theory of knowledge, about class struggle in advanced capitalism and the proletariat’s failure to triumph in Western society.

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