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Unfinished Business : Twenty Years of

Unfinished Business

Twenty Years of "Socialist Review"

Paperback Published: 10th December 1991
ISBN: 9780860915249
Number Of Pages: 300

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Founded in 1970, the journal Socialist Review has played a uniquely important role in the recent history and intellectual development of the American left. When other left groups and organizations retreated into a depressed sectarianism, Socialist Review was elaborating a vision of a broad-based socialism, intended to intervene within the mainstream of American politics. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, it explored questions about the left’s relation to the Democratic Party and the trade-union movement, the potential for ‘populist’ community politics, and the relevance of European strategies and initiatives to the American experience. The journal played a major role in bringing questions of gender and sexuality to the center of left discourse, and also provided a forum for debate on the radical potential of post-modernism.

With an introductory essay which reviews the parallel histories of Socialist Review and the American Left, Unfinished Business brings together many of the liveliest and most significant articles published in the journal over its first twenty years, from the best writers on the left today, includingh Barbara Ehrenreich, Donna Haraway, Stanley Aronowitz and Jeffrey Escoffier. Their subjects range from the construction of racial and sexual identities to the utopian dimensions of Marxist theory, and the cross-impacts of feminism and neoliberalism, community and subjectivity, in a postindustrial world. Fresh in spirit, lean in rhetoric and rich in ideas, this is a provocative and inspiring anthology.

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"The current phase of national and world disorder - and stultifying ideological conformism - make serious left commentary more important than ever. Socialist Review has an admirable record of interpreting the present and pointing the way to a liveable future." - Noam Chomsky "Socialist Review sweeps the field - from hardcore analysis to speculation in the best sense, from the legacies of radicalism to the latest in postmodernism. Socialist Review combines fast-paced interviews with careful scholarship and close attention to political detail. I look forward to every issue." Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Introductionp. 1
Back to the Drawing Board
The Latest Economic Crisis in Historical Perspectivep. 13
The Ruling Class Does Not Rule: Notes on the Marxist Theory of the Statep. 29
Life without Father: Reconsidering Socialist-Feminist Theoryp. 45
Recasting Marxism: Hegemony and New Political Movementsp. 53
Gay Politics, Ethnic Identity: The Limits of Social Constructionismp. 69
Architectures of Power
From MAD to NUTs: The Growing Danger of Nuclear Warp. 95
The Wilting of the Rose: The French Socialist Experimentp. 117
Seed Wars: Common Heritage, Private Property, and Political Strategyp. 139
"Perestroika with a Human Face?"p. 157
Debt Crisis Update: 1988p. 175
Reassembling Political Identities
Plant Shutdowns and Worker Response: The Case of Johnstown, PAp. 183
Taking It to the Streets: Community Organizing and National Politicsp. 203
By the Rivers of Babylon: Race in the United Statesp. 221
Sexism by a Subtler Name? Postindustrial Conditions and Postfeminist Consciousness in the Silicon Valleyp. 239
Is the Legacy of Second Wave Feminism Postfeminism?p. 253
A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology and Socialist Feminism in the 1980sp. 257
Unfinished Business
Production and Power in a Classless Society: A Critical Analysis of the Utopian Dimensions of Marxist Theoryp. 279
Reaganism and Neoliberalismp. 305
Socialism as Ethicsp. 319
Socialism and Beyond: Remaking the American Leftp. 323
Notes on Contributorsp. 339
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ISBN: 9780860915249
ISBN-10: 0860915247
Series: A6419
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 10th December 1991
Publisher: Verso Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.62  x 2.57
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1

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