New Departures in
Over the last twenty-five years,
Resnick and Wolff have developed a groundbreaking interpretation of
Marxian theory generally and of Marxian economics in particular.
This book brings together their key contributions and underscores
their different interpretations.
In facing and trying to resolve
contradictions and lapses within Marxism, the authors have confronted
the basic incompatibilities among the dominant modern versions of
Marxian theory, and the fact that Marxism seemed cut off from the
criticisms of determinist modes of thought offered by
post-structuralism and post-modernism and even by some of Marxiams
Class Theory and History takes
an ambitious and ground-breaking look at the entire history of the
Soviet Union and presents a new kind of analysis of the history of the
USSR: examining its birth, evolution, and death in class terms.
Utilizing the class analytics they have developed over the last three
decades, Resnick and Wolff formulate the most fully developed economic
theory of communism now available, and use that theory to answer the
question: did communism ever exist in the USSR and if so, where, why
and for how long? Their initial, and controversial, conclusion:
Soviet industry never established a communist class structure.
This conclusion then leads to the hypothesis that the twentieth
century's defining struggle was not between communism in the USSR and
capitalism in the United States, but rather between their respective
state and private capitalism's. Combining class theory and
Soviet history, the book yields key lessons for the future of private
capitalism, state capitalism, and communism.
University Press, 2001
is a collection of essays that develops a poststructuralist Marxian
conception of class in order to theorize the complex contemporary
economic terrain. Both building upon and reconsidering a
tradition that Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff - two of this
volume's editors - began in the late 1980s with their groundbreaking
work Knowledge and Class, contributors aim to correct previous
research that has largely failed to place class as a central theme in
economic analysis. Suggesting the possibility of a new politics
of the economy, the collection as a whole focuses on the diversity and
contingency of economic relations and processes.
Investigating a wide range of
cases, the essays illuminate, for instance, the organizational and
cultural means by which unmeasured surpluses - labor that occurs
outside the formal workplace, such as domestic work - are distributed
and put to use. Editors Resnick and Wolff, along with J.K.
Gibson-Graham, bring theoretical essays together with those that apply
their vision to topics ranging from the Iranian Revolution to
sharecropping in the Mississippi Delta to the struggle over the
ownership of teaching materials at a liberal arts college.
Rather than understanding class as an element of an overarching
capitalist social structure, the contributors - from radical and
cultural economists to social
scientists - define class in
terms of diverse and ongoing processes of producing, appropriating,
and distributing surplus labor and view class identities as multiple,
changing, and interacting with other aspects of identity in contingent
and unpredictable ways.
will appeal primarily to scholars of Marxism and political economy.
Class and Its
University of Minnesota Press, 2000
While references to gender, race
and class are everywhere in social theory, class has not received the
kind of theoretical and empirical attention accorded to gender and
race. A welcome and much-needed corrective, this book offers a
novel theoretical approach to class and an active practice of class
The authors offer new and
compelling ways to look at class through examinations of such topics
as sex work, the experiences of African American women as domestic
laborers, and blue- and white-collar workers. Their work
acknowledges that individuals may participate in various class
relations at one moment or over time and that class identities are
multiple and changing, interacting with other aspects of identity in
contingent and unpredictable ways.
The essays in the book focus on
class difference, class transformation and change, and on the
intersection of class, race, gender, sexuality, and other dimensions
of identity. They find class in seemingly unlikely places - in
households, parent-child relationships, and self-employment - and
locate class politics on the interpersonal level as well as at the
level of enterprises, communities, and nations. Taken together,
they will prompt a rethinking of class and class subjectivity that
will expand social theory.
All Back Home
London: Pluto Press, 1994
Copies available from the authors upon email request
Bringing It All Back
Home uses the intimate arena of the
household as the novel setting for a groundbreaking study of the
relationships between class, gender and power today. The authors
- and the feminist scholars who offered responses to their critique -
integrate the rich traditions of Marxism and feminism, and more recent
developments in Marxian theory and Lacanian psychoanalysis, to
theorise a new approach to the contemporary crisis of the
family. They offer an innovative reading of the relationship
between class and gender, in which the household itself can be seen as
the site of conflict and of profound transformation. In the
process, they suggest a new range of possibilities for thinking about
and understanding the complexity of human existence.
Marxian versus Neoclassical
Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987
Marxian versus Neoclassical is
the text with a difference. It teaches the fundamentals of
economics comparatively - systematically contrasting neoclassical
theory with the new Marxian theory that represents the most developed
and critical alternative economics.
Instead of the orthodox
Marxism of Eastern Europe's discredited command economies, the theory
elaborated here represents the systematic alternative to neoclassical
theory developed over the past twenty-five years by Marxian scholars
in the West. It begins on the solid and systemic foundation set
by Marx, but it avoids the dogmatisms that trapped many Marxists in
their focus on the U.S.S.R.
Richard Wolff and
Stephen Resnick provide a fresh and balanced explication of the
differing assumptions, logical structures, and arguments of both
theories. Their discussion of neoclassical theory stresses a
coherent overview often obscured in standard texts. The
treatment of Marxian theory assumes no familiarity with the subject,
proceeding from first principles through analysis and social
Wolff and Resnick
address the political and philosophical aspects of evaluating and
choosing between alternative theories, but without polemics.
Whether you teach principles (of micro- or macro-economics), Marxian
economics, or comparative economic systems, Wolff and Resnick's
comparative approach offers a new and revealing perspective on
economics and processes of economic theorizing.
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1987
Intense debates in recent
decades have provoked major new directions in Marxist theory.
Earlier reductionist notions of knowledge, dialectics, contradiction,
class, and capitalism have been challenged and profoundly
transformed. Economic determinism has given way to new kinds of
philosophic, social, and economic analysis such as the one Resnick and
Wolff here develop around overdeterminism.
Showing that Lenin, Lukacs, Gramsci, Mao, and Althusser contributed
concepts of knowledge, class, and society that can radically alter
traditional dialectical materialism, the authors demonstrate how this
alteration also transforms Marxist economic theory. The dramatic
result is a new Marxian theory, a new analysis of class, enterprise,
York: Autonomedia, 1985
This festschrift volume honors the works
of Harry Magdoff and Paul Sweezy. An introductory essay by the editors examines
the evolution of their contributions to Marxian theory and analysis. A
bibliography provides the most complete listing of their work to the point of
publication. Internationally renowned Marxist scholars (including Ernest
Mandel, Charles Bettelheim, Immanuel Wallerstein and many others) contributed
original essays in fitting tribute to the importance of the honorees' works.