By George Henderson
Lengthy at risk of dogmatic confrontation, the query of price in Marx’s thought—what price is, the aim it serves, its software to real-world capitalism—requires renewal if Marx’s paintings is to stay vivid. In Value in Marx, George Henderson deals a lucid rereading of Marx that strips price of its turgid theoretical relief and reframes it as an research into the tensions among social family members and varieties as they're instead of as what they can in a different way become.
Drawing on Marx’s Capital and Grundrisse, Henderson exhibits how those volumes don't harbor a unmarried idea of worth that equates worth to capital. in its place, those books experimentally compose and recompose worth for an international that's greater than capitalist. At stake is how Marx conceives of human freedom, of balanced social preparations, and of regulate over the issues humans produce. Henderson reveals that the boundaries on social turning into, together with the tendency towards alienated lifestyles, hang-out Marx whilst he appears past the critique of capital to an emancipated society to come.
Can those limits be faced in an artistic, even cheerful, manner? Can they turn into features of what we hope, instead of being silenced and denied? so long as we persist in studying price generally, following it as an energetic and never a shut-down, predetermined characteristic of Marx’s texts, Henderson finally perspectives Marx as responding absolutely to those demanding situations and making use of price as a robust device of the political imaginary.
“Marx’s writings have encouraged a unprecedented corpus of writing designed to appreciate and alter capitalism. even though, whereas many have attempted to put on his boots, few have journeyed in certainly new instructions whereas retaining Marx’s compass. Henderson right here unearths modern price in Marx’s writings in methods either devoted and surprising.” —Noel Castree, Manchester University
“Value in Marx bargains a very unique reading—itself an extraordinary thing—backed by way of virtuosic textual research of Marx and a near-impeccable knowledge of the broader literature. One can't ask for a lot more.” —David B. Clarke, Swansea University
“George Henderson’s Value in Marx is touted as a piece on Marx’s worth idea that not just elucidates its contents, yet is going past conventional readings of Marx to forge new methods of puzzling over worth and social kin. whereas exhibiting an information of the huge literature on functions of worth conception to genuine international historic and political phenomena, it develops theoretical insights that have hitherto remained underappreciated or overlooked inside of Marx’s perception of worth itself.” —Marx and Philosophy
“George Henderson’s e-book Value in Marx is an item of attractiveness either inside and outside. The lucidity of the prose, the arresting and infrequently very playful tackle the writer pitches us, and the sheer boldness to try a re-reading of well-thumbed texts to squeeze out extra which means all upload as much as a shining instance of what shut textual research and an inventive spirit can achieve.” —Progress in Human Geography
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H. Mead's distinction between "significant" and "nonsignificant" gestures is not entirely satisfactory here. Body idiom involves something more than a nonsignificant "conversation of gestures," because this idiom tends to evoke the same meaning for the actor as for the witness, and tends to be employed by the actor Involvement 35 see that it is, in addition, a normative one. That is, there is typically an obligation to convey certain information when in the presence of others and an obligation not to convey other impressions, just as there is an expectation that others will present themselves in certain ways.
Value in Marx: The Persistence of Value in a More-Than-Capitalist World by George Henderson