BRICS and the New American Imperialism

Global rivalry and resistance
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  • Publication Date: March 2020
  • Dimensions and Pages: 234 x 156; 264pp
  • Paperback EAN: 978-1-77614-528-7
  • Rights: World
  • Recommended Price (ZAR): 420.00
  • Recommended Price (USD): 35.00

BRICS is a grouping of the five major emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Volume five in the Democratic Marxism series, BRICS and the New American Imperialism challenges the mainstream understanding of BRICS and US dominance to situate the new global rivalries engulfing capitalism. It offers novel analyses of BRICS in the context of increasing US induced imperial chaos, deepening environmental crisis tendencies (such as climate change and water scarcity), contradictory dynamics inside BRICS countries and growing subaltern resistance.
The authors revisit contemporary thinking on imperialism and anti-imperialism, drawing on the work of Rosa Luxemburg, one of the leading theorists after Marx, who attempted to understand the expansionary nature of capitalism from the heartlands to the peripheries. The richness of Luxemburg’s pioneering work inspires most of the volume’s contributors in their analyses of the dangerous contradictions of the contemporary world as well as forms of democratic agency advancing resistance. While various forms of resistance are highlighted, among them water protests, mass worker strikes, anti-corporate campaigning and forms of cultural critique, this volume grapples with the challenge of renewing anti-imperialism beyond the NGO-driven World Social Forum and considers the prospects of a new horizontal political vessel to build global convergence. It also explores the prospects of a Fifth International of Peoples and Workers.

Tables and Figures
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Chapter 1 Old and New Imperialism: The End of US Domination? – Vishwas Satgar
Part I: Global Crisis, BRICS and Rivalry
Chapter 2 Fossil Capital, Imperialism and the Global Corporate Elite – William K. Carroll
Chapter 3 Water Wars in the World and South Africa – Ferrial Adam
Chapter 4 Subimperial BRICS Enter the Bolsonaro-Putin-Modi-Xi-Ramaphosa Era – Patrick Bond
Chapter 5 A Road to Development? The Nacala Corridor at the Intersection between Brazilian and Global Investments – Ana Garcia and Karina Kato
Part II: Global Resistance
Chapter 6 The Vessel: An Alternative Strategy for the Global Left – Christopher Chase-Dunn
Chapter 7 Towards the Fifth International? – Samir Amin
Chapter 8 The Campaign to Dismantle Transnational Corporations – Keamogetswe Seipato
Chapter 9 Mass Strikes in a Global Conjuncture of Crisis: A Luxemburgian Analysis – Alexander Gallas
Chapter 10 The Novel in a Time of Neoliberalism – Nivedita Majumdar
Conclusion – Vishwas Satgar

About the Editor

Vishwas Satgar, a democratic eco-socialist, is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He edits the Democratic Marxism series and is the principal investigator for the Emancipatory Futures Studies in the Anthropocene project.

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