Raymond Williams, who died on this day in 1988, was one of Britain's foremost Marxist theorists. His pioneering work was foundational for the development of cultural studies. In this essay, originally published in New Left Review in 1973, just before the publication of The Country and the City, and included in the collection Culture and Materialism, charts some of the problems of the nascent discipline. The essay sees Williams trying to overcome the relationship between the determined superstructure and the determining base of mechanical materialism.
In the newly published Metaphilosophy, Henri Lefebvre works through the implications of Marx’s revolutionary thought to consider philosophy’s engagement with the world.
Designed with this beautiful die-cut cover (cover design by Neil Donnelly), Metaphilosophy is a key text in Lefebvre’s oeuvre and a milestone in contemporary thinking about philosophy’s relation to the world.
To mark publication of Metaphilosophy we have 50% off this book, and a selection of some of the best from our theory shelves, when you buy two books or more. Includes recent releases Reading Captital: A Complete Edition, and An American Utopia, as well as best-sellers like Critique of Everyday Life. See below, and to the right, for the full list. Click here to activate your 50% off.
We've been delving deep into the Verso Archive recently, looking back at some classic works from our backlist (& their changing covers). First up, Immanuel Wallerstein's Historical Capitalism in its many iterations: 1983 (left), 1999 (right), and the most recent edition from 2011 in the middle. This, along with ALL our books, is 50% off until the end of the year (with free shipping!)
Historical Capitalism with Capitalist Civilization by Immanuael Wallerstein
The master of world-systems theory provides a succinct anatomy of capitalism over the past five hundred years.