Karl Marx, class struggle and labour-centred development

Selwyn, Benjamin (2013) Karl Marx, class struggle and labour-centred development. Global Labour Journal, 4 (1). pp. 48-70. ISSN 1918-6711

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Karl Marx has often been interpreted as formulating an economic determinist, Eurocentric and historically linear conception of human development. Where they exist, such interpretations understand ‘development’ as capitalist modernisation. If correct, this critique leaves Marxism ill-equipped to interpret and contribute to transformations of the conditions of labouring classes under neoliberal globalisation. This article argues against such interpretations by discussing how, for Marx, the form and content of class struggles, their relations to the national state, and their articulation through the world system were the key to understanding divergent processes of human development. Marx’s insights are particularly relevant under contemporary globalised capitalism. This article argues, further, that Marx provides us with the basis for formulating a labour-centred approach to human development and development studies

Item Type: Article
Keywords: capitalism, development studies, Eurocentrism, globalisation, Karl Marx, labour-centred development, labouring classes, neoliberalism
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations > JZ1305 Scope of international relations. Political theory. Diplomacy > JZ1464 Scope of international relations with regard to countries, territories, regions, etc.
Depositing User: Benjamin Selwyn
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2013 06:36
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 22:31
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/43568

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