How to Read Marx's "Capital" (How to Read Theory)

How to Read Marx's "Capital" (How to Read Theory)

By: Stephen Shapiro (author)Hardback

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Capital Volume I is essential reading on many undergraduate courses, but the structure and style of the book can be confusing for students, leading them to abandon the text. This book is a clear guide to reading Marx's classic text, which explains the reasoning behind the book's structure and provides help with the more technical aspects that non-economists may find taxing. Students are urged to think for themselves and engage with Marx's powerful methods of argument and explanation. Shapiro shows that Capital is key to understanding critical theory and cultural production. This highly focused book will prove invaluable to students of politics, cultural studies and literary theory.

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Stephen Shapiro lectures in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick.


PrefaceAcknowledgementsPart One: Commodities and Money1. The Commodity2. The Process of Exchange3. Money, or the Circulation of Commodities Part Two: The Transformation of Money into Capital4. The General Formula for Capital 5. Contradictions in the General Formula6. The Sale and Purchase of Labor-powerPart Three: The Production of Absolute Surplus-Value7. The Labor Process and the Valorization Process8. Constant Capital and Variable Capital9. The Rate of Surplus-Value10. The Working Day11. The Rate and Mass of Surplus-ValuePart Four: The Production of Relative Surplus-Value12. The Concept of Relative Surplus-Value13. Co-operation14. The Division of Labor and Manufacture15. Machinery and Large-Scale IndustryPart Five: The Production of Absolute and Relative Surplus-Value16. Absolute and Relative Surplus-Value17. Changes of Magnitude in the Price of Labor-power and in Surplus-value18: Different Formulae for the Rate of Surplus-ValuePart Six: Wages19. The Transformation of the Value (and Respectively the Price) of Labor-power into Wages20. Time-Wages21. Piece Wages22. National Differences in WagesPart Seven: The Process of Accumulation of Capital23. Simple Reproduction24. The Transformation of Surplus-Value into Capital25. The General Law of Capitalist AccumulationPart Eight: So-Called Primitive ["Originating"] Accumulation26. The Secret of Primitive Accumulation27. The Expropriation of the Agricultural Population from the Land28. Bloody Legislation Against the Expropriated Since the End of the Fifteenth Century. The Forcing Down of Wages by Act of Parliament29. The Genesis of the Capitalist Farmer30. Impact of the Agricultural Revolution on Industry. The Creation of a Home Market for Industrial Capital31. The Genesis of the Industrial Capitalist32. The Historical Tendency of Capitalist Accumulation33. The Modern Theory of ColonizationSuggestions for Further ReadingIndex

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  • publication date: 14/04/2008
  • ISBN13: 9780745325620
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9780745325620
  • weight: 249
  • ISBN10: 0745325629

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