Critical Social Theory and the Contemporary World

  • Moishe PostoneEmail author


The far-reaching historical transformations of recent decades, including the decline of the Keynesian/Fordist organization of polity and economy in the West, the collapse of party-state command economies in the East, and the emergence of a neo-liberal capitalist global order, suggest that contemporary critical theory must be centrally concerned with historical dynamics and large-scale structural changes. The paper argues that these broad developments can best be apprehended by a theory premised on the Marxian theory of capital, but only if that category is fundamentally reconceptualized in ways that distinguish it from its usage in traditional Marxist interpretations.

Key words

Historical transformations capital abstract social domination historical dynamics capitalism modernity Marx 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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