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A Companion to Marx's Capital

The radical geographer guides us through the classic text of political economy.
“My aim is to get you to read a book by Karl Marx called Capital, Volume 1, and to read it on Marx’s own terms…”

The biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression has generated a surge of interest in Marx’s work in the effort to understand the origins of our current predicament. For nearly forty years, David Harvey has written and lectured on Capital, becoming one of the world’s most foremost Marx scholars.

Based on his recent lectures, this current volume aims to bring this depth of learning to a broader audience, guiding first-time readers through a fascinating and deeply rewarding text. A Companion to Marx’s Capital offers fresh, original and sometimes critical interpretations of a book that changed the course of history and, as Harvey intimates, may do so again.

David Harvey’s video lecture course can be found here: davidharvey.org/reading-capital/


Reviews

  • “Harvey is a scholarly radical; his writing is free of journalistic clichés, full of facts and carefully thought-through ideas.”
  • “Without a doubt one of the two best companions to Marx's [Capital].”
  • “No short review can do justice to this outstanding book ... Essential.”
  • “A valuable guide.”

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  • Preface to Delphy's For a General Theory of Exploitation

    A resurgence of interest in social reproduction theory has presented new ways of understanding gendered labour under capitalism. The political economy of Christine Delphy offered an important starting point for such questions, but remains little known in the Anglophone world. 

    A translation of the Preface to Delphy's 
    Pour un théorie générale de l’exploitation [For a general theory of exploitation] (2006), by Isabelle Courcy and Melissa Blais, is below. Translated by David Broder; original French text here

    The different forms of exploiting labour today

    In Quebec, Christine Delphy is often presented as one of the first feminists in France to have denaturalised ‘sex’, and consequently as a pioneer in conceptualising gender. Less common are the presentations that emphasise her contribution to political economy.

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  • Frédéric Lordon: Why Piketty isn't Marx



    One cannot help but feel suspicious when a book titled Capital, claiming to be a ground-breaking work of political economy, receives little but gushing accolades from across the mainstream media. In an article published for Le Monde Diplomatique, Frédéric Lordon lays out why such suspicion might not be ill-founded. For Lordon, Thomas Piketty remains confined within the myopic sphere of accountancy, failing to attend to capitalism as a historical and political phenomenon:

    "Capitalism according to Piketty has no history—only an unvarying age-old law, occasionally disturbed by accidental events, but always returning to its implacable long-term trend, which leaves no room for conflict between social groups, the real force behind institutional change."

    Visit Le Monde Diplomatique to read the article in full. Frédéric Lordon is the author of Willing Slaves of Capital: Spinoza and Marx on Desireand a regular commentator on current events.
  • 90% OFF ALL OUR EBOOKS! FLASH SALE!

    The sun is finally shining, we're in a good mood, and hopefully you are too!

    With that in mind, we're having a one-day 90% off flash sale on ALL our ebooks - meaning that you can download some for only £1 / $1! 

    UPDATE: you were all so enthusiastic and nice that our website crashed horrendously earlier today (Thursday) from a massive surge in traffic. In light of this, we have extended the sale until Midnight [EST] Friday 19th June. Thanks for your support and patience, apologies for the inconvenience.



    We’re hoping that it might encourage you to try something that you haven't before, or just stock-up on some new books for the summer!

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