Capitalism’s Crises

Class Struggles in South Africa and the World
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  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Dimensions and Pages: 230 x 150mm, 204 pp Softcover
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This volume shows that the processes of global change start from the peripheries of the world system.  And for the visible future that reality will continue to govern the struggles for the emancipation of labour and peoples …
Samir Amin, is a leading Marxist intellectual and author of numerous books including Capitalism in the Age of Globalization: The Management of Contemporary Society.

The global economic crisis is far from over and has been considered the worst in the history of modern capitalism. This second volume in the Democratic Marxism series breaks new ground in our understanding of the complexity and depth of the world-wide economic crisis. The contributors, from across the global North and South, employ political, economic and ecological prisms to reflect the wide-range of left responses – from the Occupy Wall Street movement, such as the People’s Budget Initiative in India and left think-tanks, to labour unions and left parties such as Syriza and Podemos in Europe.
Their compelling analyses showcase the global impact of capitalism’s failure in the twenty-first century. This is the second volume in the Democratic Marxism series. It
elaborates on crucial themes introduced in the first volume, Marxisms in the 21st Century: Crisis, Critique and Struggle (edited by Michelle Williams and Vishwas Satgar).

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS
INTRODUCTION: Vishwas Satgar
PART ONE: Contemporary Understandings of Capitalism’s Crises and Class Struggle
CHAPTER 1: From Marx to the Systemic Crises of Capitalist Civilisation Vishwas Satgar
CHAPTER 2: Activist Understandings of the Crisis of 2008 William K. Carroll
PART TWO: Capitalist Crisis and Left Responses in the Global North
CHAPTER 3: Occupy and the Dialectics of the Left in the United States Leah-Hunt Hendrix and Isham Christie
CHAPTER 4: Austerity and Resistance: The Politics of Labour in the Eurozone Crisis Andreas Bieler and Jamie Jordan
CHAPTER 5: Beyond Social Democratic and Communist Parties: Left Political Organisation in Transition in Western Europe Hilary Wainwright
PART THREE: Capitalist Crisis and Left Responses in the Global South
CHAPTER 6: Brazil: From Neoliberal Democracy to the End of the ‘Lula Moment’ Alfredo Saad Filho
CHAPTER 7: The Global Financial Crisis and ‘Resilience’: The Case of India Sumangala Damodaran
CHAPTER 8: Real Wage Trends and the Labour Crisis in South Africa Niall Reddy
CHAPTER 9: Seize Power! The Role of the Constitution in Unifying Social Justice Struggles in South Africa Mark Heywood

Vishwas Satgar is a senior lecturer in International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished
Achievement Award from the World Association of Political Economy for initiating and editing this series.

This volume shows that the processes of global change start from the peripheries of the world system.  And for the visible future that reality will continue to govern the struggles for the emancipation of labour and peoples …

Samir Amin, is a leading Marxist intellectual and author of numerous books including Capitalism in the Age of Globalization: The Management of Contemporary Society.

The new global left is fighting the struggle with new instruments of transformation … drawing attention to the plurality of left political forms, new approaches to power
and ways of analysing the current crises of capitalism.

Dinga Sikwebu, is a former national educator of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and is presently the union’s national coordinator of
the United Front.

This book demonstrates that Marxist-inspired thought and practice is searching for creative ways to secure and advance the interests of the working class and, more generally, the human species and our planet.

Ronnie Kasrils, former South African government minister (1994–2008) and veteran liberation fighter.

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