The Socialist Register 2014

Registering Class

Edited by Greg Albo, Vivek Chibber and Leo Panitch  

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The preface to the first volume of the Socialist Register in 1964, in announcing ‘a series of annual volumes of socialist analysis and discussion’, expressed the belief that ‘the possibility of fruitful discussions is now greater than for a long time past. It is now better realized among socialists that dogmatic reiteration cannot, any more than crass empiricism, provide answers to the problems of the present.’ It is in the same spirit that we have conceived this volume, the Register’s fiftieth. Our decision to focus on the theme of class not only reflects an abiding concern of the Register since the beginning, but also the fact that the spread and deepening of capitalist social relations around the globe has been increasingly marked by growing social inequality. And as the global economic crisis that capitalism has spawned in the early twentyfirst century has been deployed to extend the class struggle from above so determinedly waged in the neoliberal era, so have the many resistances that have arisen been explicitly cast in terms of class struggles from below.

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Contents

  • Class and Politics: From the 20th to the 21st Century (Leo Panitch)
  • Rethinking Class: The Lineage of the Socialist Register (Madeleine Davis)
  • Reconsiderations of Class: The Precariat as Proletariat (Bryan Palmer)
  • Class Analysis Beyond Postcolonial Distractions (Vivek Chibber)
  • Class in the Digital Age: Living, Labour and Value (Ursula Huws)
  • The Walmart Working Class (Arun Gupta)
  • Labour in the Contemporary City (Ian Macdonald)
  • Reorganizing Class: India’s New Trade Union Initiative (Guatam Mody)
  • Whither the Transnational Capitalist Class? (William Carroll)
  • Change and Continuity in Capitalist Ruling Classes (Claude Serfati)
  • The European Capitalist Class (Bastiaan van Apeldoorn)
  • The British Ruling Class Today (Colin Leys)
  • Money in Politics: The Donor Class and the 2012 U.S. Election (Thomas Ferguson, Paul Jorgenson & Jie Chen)
  • Transformation, Crisis and Class in Eastern Europe (Jane Hardy)
  • Brazil’s New Imperial Capitalism (Virginia Fontes & Ana Garcia)
  • Class Relations, Neoliberalism and the Egyptian “Revolution” (Sabah Alnasseri)

Authors

  • Greg Albo

    York University

    Greg Albo teaches political economy at the Department of Political Science, York University, Toronto. He is currently co-editor of the Socialist Register. He is also on the editorial boards of Studies in Political Economy, Relay, Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, Canadian Dimension, The Bullet and Historical Materialism (England). Co-editor of A Different Kind of State: Popular Power and Democratic Administration and author of numerous articles in journals such as Studies in Political Economy, Socialist Register, Canadian Dimension, and Monthly Review.

  • Vivek Chibber

    New York University

    Vivek Chibber is Professor of Sociology at New York University.

  • Leo Panitch

    York University

    Leo Panitch was a Distinguished Research Professor, renowned political economist, Marxist theorist and editor of the Socialist Register. He received a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba in 1967 and a M.Sc.(Hons.) and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1968 and 1974, respectively. He was a Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor at Carleton University between 1972 and 1984. He was a Professor of Political Science at York University since 1984. He was the Chair of the Department of Political Science at York from 1988-1994. He was the General Co-editor of State and Economic Life series, U. of T. Press, from 1979 to 1995 and is the Co-founder and a Board Member of Studies in Political Economy. He was also the author of numerous articles and books dealing with political science including The End of Parliamentary Socialism (1997). He was a member of the Movement for an Independent and Socialist Canada, 1973-1975, the Ottawa Committee for Labour Action, 1975-1984, the Canadian Political Science Association, the Committee of Socialist Studies, the Marxist Institute and the Royal Society of Canada. He was an ardent supporter of the Socialist Project.

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