Post-Marxism in a post-socialist perspective

Andrew Kipnis*

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    Post-Marxism has been defined as the attempt to insist on the continuing value of Marxist thought while incorporating post-structuralist criticisms of holism. In this essay, I use a perspective developed through studying the contours of power in actually existing socialist and post-socialist regimes to critically examine three influential works in post-Marxism. While finding much of value in these books' development of non-totalizing forms of social theory, I argue that they also reproduce some of the theoretical logics that plagued the worst moments of socialist governance. In particular, I take issue with their implicit assumptions about the performance of political identities in academic writing and the relationship of empirical research to social theory.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)457-480
    Number of pages24
    JournalAnthropological Theory
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2003


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