Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
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  3. Theoretically Speaking

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
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  4. Locations in History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
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  5. Present Tensions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
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  6. Conditional Futures

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 201-213

About this book


This book investigates notions of the individual, society, the state, economic relations and historical change that exist in the political left by drawing on contemporary philosophical, political and social thought. Using a discourse perspective, this work brings together the many fractious strains in the left, including social democracy, anarchism, communism and market socialism,  and discusses them in terms of their relationships with each other. Not only does the study disentangle the left from liberal capitalism and progressive movements—such as those against racism and inequality—it sees the current left as intertwined with its history and its visions of the future.     


populism contemporary social democracy unionism liberal capitalism neoliberalism socioeconomic leftism liberalism progressive wage labor labour socialist union anarchist Canada

Authors and affiliations

  • Gordon Hak
    • 1
  1. 1.HistoryVancouver Island UniversityNanaimoCanada

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