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Marxism, Social Movements and Collective Action

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  • Provides resources on social conflicts, struggles and social movements from a Marxist perspective
  • Argues that much of social movement theory has ignored class analysis and the embeddedness within capitalism
  • Highlights the inadequacies of traditional Marxist concepts in analyzing certain aspect of collective actions

Part of the book series: Marx, Engels, and Marxisms (MAENMA)

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This book makes a relevant contribution to a Marxist critical explanation of social conflicts, social movements and protests. There is abundant literature on social conflict and social movements from Marxist perspectives. However, rigorous criticism, both theoretical and methodological, is scarce. The objective of this volume is the collection of works developing a critical reflection on the categories of theories about contentious collective action and social movements from a Marxist perspective. In order to better understand these phenomena and go beyond their mere case description, the theory needs to be improved. To that end, the book also promotes the debate between Marxisms and the collective action and new social movements in a renewed way. Here different Marxist arguments consider not only their methodological and ideological bias, but also the specific conceptual contributions of those theories.

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Buenos Aires, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Adrián Piva, Agustín Santella

About the editors

Adrián Piva is Professor at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Researcher at the National Council of Scientific Research of Argentina (CONICET). 

Agustín Santella is Researcher at National Council of Scientific Research of Argentina (CONICET) and Graduate Professor at University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Marxism, Social Movements and Collective Action

  • Editors: Adrián Piva, Agustín Santella

  • Series Title: Marx, Engels, and Marxisms

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-12473-0Published: 14 December 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-12476-1Published: 14 December 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-12474-7Published: 13 December 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2524-7123

  • Series E-ISSN: 2524-7131

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 318

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Political Philosophy, Sociological Theory, Political Sociology, Social Structure, Social Inequality

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