Cultural Studies commonly claims to be a radical discipline. This book thinks that's a bad assessment. Cultural theorists love to toy with Marx, but critical thinking seems to fall into obvious traps.
After an introduction which explains why the 'Marxism' of the academy is unrecognisable and largely unrecognised in anti-capitalist struggles, Bad Marxism provides detailed analyses of Cultural Studies' cherished moves by holding fieldwork, archives, empires, hybrids and exchange up against the practical criticism of anti-capitalism.
Engaging with the work of key thinkers: Jacques Derrida, James Clifford, Gayatri Spivak, Georges Bataille, Homi Bhabha, Michael Hardt and Toni Negri, Hutnyk concludes by advocating an open Marxism that is both pro-party and pro-critique, while being neither dogmatic, nor dull.
John Hutnyk was Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, London. He is the author of Bad Marxism (Pluto Press, 2004) and Critique of Exotica (Pluto Press, 2000).
Introduction: Cultural Studies as Capitalism Part I: Clifford's Ethnographica 1. Clifford and Malinowski 2. Fort Ross Mystifications Part II: firstname.lastname@example.org 3. Fever 4. Spectres 5. Struggles Part III: Tales from Raj 6. On Empire 7. Difference and Opposition 8. The Chapatti Story Part IV: Bataille's Wars: Surrealism, Marxism, Fascism 9. Librarian 10. Activist 11. Anthropologist 12. Provocateur Conclusion: The Cultivation of Capital Studies Notes References Index