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Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice

Social Inequality, Economic Decline, and Plutocracy

An American Crisis

Authors: Johnson, Dale L.

  • Brings together a wide range of ideas and evidence in a full structural and cultural analysis of contemporary America in crisis
  • Takes aim at many contemporary assumptions within and about leftist politics in a polemical, argumentative style
  • Offers a new contribution from a leading political economist and theorist with decades of global experience
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About this book

This book aims to further an understanding of present day America by exploring counter-hegemony to the rule of capital and offering guidelines for strategizing change proceeding from the dialectic of What Is and What Ought to Be. The author analyzes neoliberal global order and its political expressions through discussions of the dominance of finance capital in the late twentieth century, the triumph of ideology, the closing of avenues to reform, the problem of the captive state, and a sociological analysis of rule by “divide and conquer.” The book concludes with a look at the history of movement politics in culture, arts, economics, and politics. It resounds with a hope that challenges to hegemony can use many paths to change, of which the electoral path is but one of many fronts, in the long-term struggle for radical reform.

About the authors

Dale L. Johnson is a retired sociologist living in Costa Rica and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Rutgers University, USA. This book was inspired by his view of the deteriorating situation in the United States and his roots as a 1960s student activist and young critical sociologist. He is the author of seven books and numerous articles in journals.

Reviews

“This is a book from the 1960s in the sense that the author explicitly reclaims that period in the United States as one of revolt and subversion of accepted knowledge. … The book will be useful to students in the United States looking to get a basic radical education on the workings of the system. It is very readable and accessible so it should definitely be read by students and activists.” (Ronaldo Munck, Capital & Class, Vol. 42 (1), February, 2018)
“Dale Johnson has provided us with what amounts to a textbook on contemporary international capitalism and how to fight it. The book represents a lifetime of engaged scholarship, and given its macro-level approach, makes a unique contribution to our understanding of world events.” (Martin Oppenheimer, New Politics, newpol.org, October, 2017)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Johnson, Dale L.

    Pages 1-6

  • Money and the World It Creates

    Johnson, Dale L.

    Pages 7-21

  • The Political Economy of Financialization and Its Consequences

    Johnson, Dale L.

    Pages 23-39

  • Degenerative Development and Class Transformation

    Johnson, Dale L.

    Pages 41-58

  • Ideology as the Root of Plutocratic Rule

    Johnson, Dale L.

    Pages 59-78

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eBook £87.50
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Hardcover £109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-49042-7
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Softcover £109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-04508-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Inequality, Economic Decline, and Plutocracy
Book Subtitle
An American Crisis
Authors
Series Title
Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-49043-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-49043-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-49042-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84075-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-04508-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 274
Topics