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(Re) Reading Marx’s ‘Capital’

September 21, 2012

Karls Marx's tombThanks to James Kennell for blogging this – a long time ago!  But I was mooching around and came across his link to these lectures.

I managed to read some Marx back at UCL and always felt guilty that I didn’t spend more time on him. I know he’s hugely influential so maybe these discussions with David Harvey will help others understand why.

I used to live quite close to Highgate and a Sunday walk up to Uncle Karl was very pleasant and, I’m sure he’d hate this, quite spiritual. He did, after all, give his life over to some pretty big ideas.

You may end up disagreeing with Marx, but there’s no doubt issues of class have come into and out of vogue recently and we probably ought to understand why.  Marx also played a big part in the development of the theory of my favourite French intellectual, Pierre Bourdieu.  The key is understanding what class is and how it comes about.

I’ll be teaching a session on Bourdieu at the University of Kent in November so I really ought to start getting my brain into gear…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. James Kennell permalink
    October 12, 2012 12:06 pm

    Thanks for the mention! I’ve also had to go back to Marx to grapple with Bourdieu properly – not least to try and understand why so many Marxists (mistakenly?) see Bourdieu in such a negative light.

  2. October 15, 2012 11:05 am

    Yes, it’s a puzzle. There’s a Historical Materialism conference coming up that might shed some light. But I suspect the adoption of Social Capital as a neoliberal totem hasn’t helped – sort of sanitised and depoliticised it, perhaps. Beyond that I’m not well-read enough! PS You should look up Ben Fine on Social Capital

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