One-Dimensional Man 50 Years On

The Struggle Continues

Edited by Terry Maley  

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This book will ship by April 3rd, 2017.

Herbert Marcuse’s One-Dimensional Man has been called one of the most important books of the post-WWII era. Published in 1964, Marcuse’s work was highly critical of modern industrial capitalism — its exploitation of people and nature, its commodified aesthetics and consumer culture, the military-industrial complex and new forms of social control at the height of the Keynesian era.

Contributors to this collection assess the key themes in One Dimensional Man from a diverse range of critical perspectives, including feminist, ecological, Indigenous and anti-capitalist. In light of the current struggles for emancipation from neoliberalism in Canada and across the globe, this critical look at Marcuse’s influential work illustrates its relevance today and introduces his work to a new generation.

One-Dimensional Man 50 Years On contains a diverse collection of essays on the legacy of Herbert Marcuse and the relevance of his thought for the 21st century. The contributors to the volume — both established and upcoming academics and activists — critically explore the applicability, as well as the limitations, of Marcuse’s seminal work to the current political conjuncture. It should be of interest to both scholars of critical theory and Left activists of all types.

— Chris Holman, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Accessibly written to provide a clear and relevant introduction to Marcuse’s ideas, One-Dimensional Man 50 Years On powerfully shows how one of the most influential political theory texts of the past century remains potent in this one.

— Andrew Biro, Acadia University

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  • Introduction (Terry Maley)
  • The Role of Dialectics in Critical Theory: Marcuse Revisited (Asger Sorensen)
  • Marcuse and Science in One-Dimensional Man (Thom Workman)
  • One-Dimensional Man and the First Nations Struggle (Tom Cheney and David Bedford)
  • The Multidimensional Woman: Rethinking Marcuse through Social Reproduction (Meg Luxton)
  • “Nowhere in Existence”: Moving Through the Impasse in Marcuse’s Negative Dialectic (Richard Day)
  • Herbert Marcuse and the “Anti-Globalization” Movement: Thinking Through Radical Opposition to Neoliberal Globalization (Francis Dupuis-Déri)
  • Québec Students Strike for Free Higher Education: Interview with Jérémie Bédard-Wien by Young Democratic Socialists of America (Jérémie Bédard-Wien)
  • Beyond Refusal: The Radical Imagination (Alex Khasnabish)
  • Refusing the Left: The Marcusean Dimension of Palestine Solidarity in English-Speaking North America (Joel Harden)
  • Challenging Consumption Through a Gendered Lens (Patricia McDermott)
  • One-Dimensional Man Fifty Years On: Human Emancipation, Neoliberalism and the Historical Fate of Bourgeois Democracy (Terry Maley)


  • Terry Maley

    Terry Maley teaches critical and radical democratic theory and politics in the Political Science Department at York University.