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Marx, Engels, and Marxisms

Socialist Practice

Histories and Theories

Authors: Wallis, Victor

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  • Offers a view of key issues in our current political history on a global canvas and over time
  • Analyzes the variety of ways (both organizational and cultural) in which movements with a socialist agenda may arise and extend their influence
  • Considers smaller-scale transformations as a means to offer positive models for social change to larger society
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The level of popular discontent—in the United States as elsewhere—has shown a dramatic increase in recent years, but has yet to crystallize into a cohesive anti-capitalist political force. Socialist Practice aims to contribute to a popular movement for socialism. It does so by 1) revisiting, under present conditions, longstanding questions of Marxist theory and revolutionary history, and 2) illustrating the range of issues, activities, and forms of expression that can both inform and be informed by a Marxist approach. Essays spanning a range of national experiences address the crying need to generate a society-wide awakening, grounded in purposeful discussion among all those (the vast majority) whose interests are ill-served by continuation of the status quo.

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Victor Wallis is a professor in the Liberal Arts Department at the Berklee College of Music, USA, and was for twenty years the managing editor of Socialism and Democracy. He is the author of Red-Green Revolution: The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism (2018) and Democracy Denied: Five Lectures on U.S. Politics (2019).

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Socialist Practice: Histories and Theories is critical reading for all who care about the future sustainability of humanity. At a time of planetary dystopia, Victor Wallis offers a sweeping intellectual contribution to understanding the global economic, political, and ecological fissures threatening humanity. Drawing on impressive knowledge of Marxist and socialist discourse, Wallis masterfully unifies essential themes of the production of material and cultural resistance to the impending cataclysmic future through socialist transformation. Essential reading for all students of the politics and history of socialism.”

—Immanuel Ness, Professor of Political Science, City University of New York, USA, and author of Southern Insurgency: The Coming of the Global Working Class (2016)


“Wide-ranging, eloquent, accessible and inspiring, Victor Wallis’s collected essays in this volume embody an optimism about future political action, along with a fierce realism about the challenges we face as a planet. This is required reading for Marxists, socialists, organizers, feminists, Black Lives Matter folk, and anyone else who still hopes to avert the ecological/capitalist catastrophe now bearing down on us.”

Hester Eisenstein, Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies, Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA


“Victor Wallis, an exemplary activist-scholar whose solidarity work with prisoners has lasted for decades, brings to light the political orientation that guides his efforts. He notes that ‘the oppressed knows the oppressor better than vice versa’ and that oppression cuts all of us off from our full humanity. His book seeks to illuminate ways to restore balance to the earth and to all our lives. His history of liberation movements’ theory and practice is instructive. I hope his call for ‘action on a massive scale’ resonates widely.”

George Katsiaficas, former Visiting Professor of Sociology, Chonnam National University, South Korea, and author of The Global Imagination of 1968 (2018) and Asia’s Unknown Uprisings (2012, 2013)


“Today socialism is experiencing a remarkable revival under the mantles of democratic socialism and ecosocialism. But what do these new conceptions of socialism mean, what issues are being raised, and how are they related to the fundamental struggles of our time encompassing numerous forms of oppression and threats to human survival? In search for concrete answers, one could hardly do better than to read Victor Wallis’s concise and comprehensive book on Socialist Practice.”

John Bellamy Foster, Professor of Sociology, University of Oregon, USA, and editor of Monthly Review


“Victor Wallis presents us not with the answers but with a framework through which we can look at the successes and failures of the global socialist movements and conceptualize a way forward. This book rejects despair and cynicism with an emphasis on facing reality. But this is also a book designed to provoke debate rather than shutting down principled exchanges. Agreement is not the requisite for reading this book. Rather, a desire for deep and substantive engagement toward the reconstruction of emancipatory politics.”

Bill Fletcher, Jr., Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies, USA, Executive Editor of The Global African Worker, and former president of TransAfrica Forum

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Socialist Practice
Book Subtitle
Histories and Theories
Authors
Series Title
Marx, Engels, and Marxisms
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-35066-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-35066-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-35065-9
Series ISSN
2524-7123
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 252
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