By David McNally
Larry Patriquin (ed.)
Monsters of the industry investigates the increase of capitalism throughout the prism of the body-panics it arouses. Drawing on folklore, literature and pop culture, the booklet hyperlinks stories of monstrosity from early-modern England, together with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, to a spate of contemporary vampire- and zombie-fables from sub-Saharan Africa, and it connects those to Marx’s continual use of monster-metaphors in his descriptions of capitalism. analyzing throughout those stories of the gruesome, Monsters of the industry deals a singular account of the cultural and corporeal economic climate of a world market-system. The booklet therefore makes unique contributions to political economic system, cultural concept, commodification-studies and ‘body-theory’.
Winner of the 2012 Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize.
Monsters of the industry is vital examining for anyone operating within the box of serious social concept, severe sociology, political financial system, etc., and compatible for a variety of concept and tradition classes on the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Mark Worrell, Marx and Philosophy overview of Books, 29 February 2012
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Extra resources for Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism (Historical Materialism Book Series, Volume 30)
To begin, the criminal is executed in a public demonstration of the rule of law, one which claims its ultimate sanction on the gallows, thereby proclaiming its terrifying power before the rabble. Second, and as a continuation of the punishment, the criminal’s naked corpse is dissected before an audience of paying customers. Gathered on the anatomy-stage are a group of bourgeois citizens (members of the anatomists’ guild) who, as much as they observe the dissection, are in turn meant to be themselves observed as incarnations of law and social power.
3. Mandeville 1964, p. 26. Dissecting the Labouring Body • 19 surviving Relations of those, who had Lectures read upon their Bodies, and were made use of for Anatomical Preparations? The Dishonour would seldom reach beyond the Scum of the People. . The University of Leyden in Holland have a Power given them by the Legislature to demand, for this Purpose, the Bodies of ordinary Rogues . 4 The mask is now off. Stepping forward we recognise the bourgeois ideologue lurking in the guise of the disinterested scientist.
Joan Deyman (1656). As numerous commentators have suggested, it is probable that Rembrandt has Tulp first dissect the hand in order to compare the Amsterdam anatomist with Vesalius, whose famous text was often adorned with a woodcut of the author dissecting an arm. Yet, there is a decisive difference between the two images. Unlike Vesalius, Tulp grasps a tool (a forceps) with which he manipulates the flexorum digitorum muscles of 39. See Heckscher 1958, especially Chapters 3–6, and Sawday 1995, p.
Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism (Historical Materialism Book Series, Volume 30) by David McNally