Marxism and the postmodern society

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Marxism and the postmodern society

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Marxism, Postmodernism, Zizek Brian Donahue Abstract This article addresses some of the challenges to Marxism posed by the conditions of late capitalism and by the theoretical discourses of postmodernism, and makes a case for the continued relevance and value of Marxist theory for an ostensibly post-Marxist, would-be post-ideological period.

Marxism and the postmodern society

The essay concludes with a claim that Zizek should be understood not as a cynical, apolitical ironist, as some have critically read him, but rather as a "late Marxist" in the Jamesonian sense.

This argument is typical of postmodern neopragmatist theorizing in that it precludes the kind of large-scale analyses that would allow adequate attempts to elaborate connections between the epistemological-linguistic theory he proposes and the social, economic, and cultural forces to which he only occasionally refers.

Other specific challenges to particular Marxist concepts and protocols are widespread; for example, its utopianism, a topic much discussed by Fredric Jameson, 2 often comes under fire.

As Clint Burnham notes, the contemporary criticisms of utopia take two primary forms: You are not currently authenticated.

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View freely available titles:This essay begins in the midst of the ongoing dilemma posed by late-capitalist society and postmodern culture, namely, whether these remain the ultimate horizon of the contemporary world and whether efforts to resist, oppose, represent critically, or propose alternatives to the “cultural dominant” of postmodernism are merely atavistic.

This essay begins in the midst of the ongoing dilemma posed by late-capitalist society and postmodern culture, namely, whether these remain the ultimate horizon of the contemporary world and whether efforts to resist, oppose, represent critically, or propose alternatives to the “cultural dominant” of postmodernism are merely atavistic.

Project MUSE - Marxism, Postmodernism, Zizek Modernity is defined as a period or condition loosely identified with the Progressive Era, the Industrial Revolutionor the Enlightenment.

Postmodernity (post-modernity or the postmodern condition) is the economic or cultural state or condition of society which is said to exist after modernity. (In this context, "modern" is not used in the sense of "contemporary", but merely as a name for a specific period in history.).

Marxism and the postmodern society

During the Thatcher-Reagan-Bush era, just as critical intellectuals and left political activists had won a small place for the concepts of political economy and class analysis in academia, postmodernism and post-structuralism replaced Marxism as the favored mode of Anglo-American intellectual radicalism.

Postmodernism is skeptical towards grand narratives, and Marxism is based around truely the grandest of narratives on history. Postmodernism doesn't easily accept ideas like 'progress' or 'development', which are clear part of Marxism's understanding of the world.

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Classic Marxism was based on humanistic social science and economics, industrialism, and state ownership of the means of production, which few leftists today take seriously.

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