Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Contemporary Politics

The London-based radically-oriented academic journal Contemporary Politics has a new issue out (Vol 13, no 4). Articles of particular interest include Adrian Budd on 'Transnationalist Marxism: a critique' focussing on the 'neo-Gramscians' and William Robinson, treating them as interestingt but one-sided and failing to deal adequately with the contradictory nature of contemporary uneven development.

There's also a rather uncritical and out-of-date (feels like 2005 basically) 'Reflecting on the recent anti-war movement' by Kate Hudson, who last heard of (by me) is both editor of this journal and head of CND. Okay, but a missed opportunity to deepen debate about the strategy and tactics of the anti-war movement.

And there is an interesting article about the Indian 'anti-globalization' movement by Thomas Brister: ''Swadeshis in competition': Enron and India's anti-globalization movement'.

Book reviews include Mary Davies on Paul Blackledge's Reflections on the Marxist Theory of History: generally giving high praise, except for absence of feminism. Then Paul himself pops upo to review Rick Kuhn's Henryk Grossman and the Recovery of Marxism - which has just won the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher award. Paul is keen on this book, as was Chris Harman in a recent ISJ.


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