David Harvey, Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason – forthcoming in August

9781781258743David Harvey, Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason forthcoming in August

Marx’s Capital is one of the most important texts of the modern era. The three volumes, published between 1867 and 1883, changed the destiny of countries, politics and people across the world – and continue to resonate today. In this book, David Harvey lays out their key arguments.In clear and concise language, Harvey describes the architecture of capital according to Marx, placing his observations in the context of capitalism in the second half of the nineteenth century. He considers the degree to which technological, economic and industrial change during the last 150 years means Marx’s analysis and its application may need to be modified. Marx’s trilogy concerns the circulation of capital: volume I, how labour increases the value of capital, which he called valorisation; volume II, on the realisation of this value, by selling it and turning it into money or credit; volume III, on what happens to the value next in processes of distribution. The three volumes contain the core of Marx’s thinking on the workings and history of capital and capitalism. David Harvey explains and illustrates the profound insights and enormous analytical power they continue to offer in terms that, without compromising their depth and complexity, will appeal to a wide range of readers, including those coming to the work for the first time.

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3 Responses to David Harvey, Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason – forthcoming in August

  1. dmf says:

    Eileen A. Fradenburg Joy shared a link.
    July 12 at 10:29am · Isla Vista, CA
    Every time I see new publications like this, I just … despair. Why do scholars keep publishing tomes and screeds of liberal, academic outrage against the “neoliberal university” with publishers (such as Elsevier, Springer, Routledge, Wiley, etc.) that are directly responsible for crippling university library budgets and also for the thoroughgoing neoliberalization of what could have been a Knowledge Commons, but is instead a Knowledge Lockdown masquerading as a Knowledge Economy? The severe ethical disconnect between many scholars’ research and where they publish that work is mind-boggling. I sincerely wish more academics, especially of the supposed leftist-liberal-progressive variety, would take this more seriously — where you publish is just as important as the content of what you publish. Not to mention, an ebook priced at $79.99 –as is the case here with John Smith’s “The Toxic University” — is beyond ridiculous.
    So if, as Smyth argues in his new book, the university is “toxic,” because in his words, “forces of neoliberalism that would have us believe that universities ought to operate like profit-making businesses — engaged in cutthroat competition, run as ruthless corporations, where the market is the arbiter and regulator of all things — has become the prevailing norm in Western countries, especially Anglo countries like the U.S., the U.K. and Australia,” then he can congratulate himself on contributing to this state of affairs.
    Again: Please pay better attention to where you publish your work. If your book costs $80 – $150, then it’s flat out inaccessible to the very public “commons” you claim to speak on behalf of. And if it’s published with one of the “Big 5” corporate-conglomerate academic publishers, you have already conceded in advance that knowledge can and should be privatized. Congratulations: the neoliberal university is you.

    • stuartelden says:

      That’s a powerful statement by Eileen Joy, certainly – but should point out it was not written as a response to David Harvey’s book. Harvey’s book is with a small, independent press and not priced like the book being highlighted in this comment. Not undermining the comment, which is important – just pointing it is was written about a different book.

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