The thesis that capitalism would necessarily produce a class-conscious, revolutionary working class is almost completely absent from Marx’s mature scientific writings. Instead, he emphasized the obstacles to the formation of a united, class-conscious proletariat, including class fragmentation, the ideological mystification of class relations, and material dependence on a wage.
We are delighted to announce a relaunch of the Marxist Sociology Blog! The blog – which now has a new editorial team – is a public sociology blog aimed at publishing Marxist theory, research, commentary and debate for a general public audience. We will be regularly publishing short articles (around 1,000 words each) in accessible language with minimal academic jargon. We aim to bring you short articles summarizing cutting-edge research and theory from Marxist scholars. We also provide a forum for debate among Marxists and those who wish to engage Marxism. Much of the work published here will be commissioned by our editorial team, but we will consider publishing unsolicited articles.
Does Marx ever say that his own epistemological methodology is historically contingent and that it is conditioned by a particular historical moment?
What is the relation between “theory and practice,” and what is the meaning of the unity of theory and practice? Does Marx identify practice with the idea of engineering society, so that the knowledge of the laws that govern economic forces serve as an algorithm, to construct, engineer, in a technical way, a new and better political and economic system?
Environmental news in the latter half of 2015 has been characterized by an upsurge of discouraging stories worldwide, not least from China. Despite the recent slowdown in economic growth, there have been industrial accidents and unprecedented air quality issues plaguing the country. However, there is at least one local environmental story that appears to defy this bleak trend. In December of 2015, the highly polluted town of Guiyu was suddenly vacated, and all of the informal hazardous waste recycling that had been polluting the soil, the water, and the bodies of young children, came to a halt.