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Marxism in plural times: Decolonising subsumption

Menozzi, F (2021) Marxism in plural times: Decolonising subsumption. Rethinking Marxism: a journal of economics, culture and society, 33 (1). pp. 111-133. ISSN 0893-5696

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This essay aims to reconsider the vexed question of subsumption in Marxist theory. It focuses on the work of two critics who represent opposing views: on the one hand, Harry Harootunian, in his book Marx after Marx, addresses the notion of “formal subsumption” in order to critique teleological and unilinear concepts of history. On the other hand, Antonio Negri’s philosophy of time and political praxis stem from a scenario of real subsumption coinciding with the demise of the law of value and leaving no outside of capitalism. However, these contrasting views could be reimagined from a decolonising perspective: rather than closed historical phase, the mechanism of subsumption needs to be seen at the same time as a process of becoming and as a global site of social struggle. The concept of decolonising subsumption proposed in this essay hence suggests to challenge any rigid separation between the worlds of real and of formal subsumption, and an emphasis on their combination in the global logics of the accumulation of capital. Decolonising subsumption is hence a precondition for making a global working class solidarity fighting against the international division of labour.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Rethinking Marxism: a journal of economics, culture and society on 4/3/21, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/08935696.2020.1847015
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1499 Other Economics, 2002 Cultural Studies, 2204 Religion and Religious Studies
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2020 11:11
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2022 00:50
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/08935696.2020.1847015
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13522
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