Author: Prabhat Patnaik
Prasenjit Bose/Several Contributors
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Venkatesh Athreya/Jayati Ghosh/R Ramakumar/at al.
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789380118000
There’s really no escaping it: if you want to understand capitalism, you simply have to read Karl Marx’s Capital.
But this is easier said than done. Capital is Marx’s magnum opus — consisting of more than 2,000 pages, over three volumes. It is a masterpiece of analysis, of relentlessly methodical and logical reasoning.
So is Capital only for the expert? No. Capital can be read and understood — by beginners as well, provided they are guided into it. Which is exactly what this volume does. Seven leading Marxist scholars lay out the conceptual framework of Capital as well as investigate its various themes in essays written specially for this Reader.
Moreover, each of the authors has taken care to not limit him/herself to only preliminary explication of concepts, and has also gone into matters of advanced theory.
The volume as a whole also has a broadly similar trajectory — the first couple of essays lay the foundation, the middle four essays graduate from basic concepts to theoretical discussion and debates, and the last essay does not go into basic concepts at all, but applies the method of Capital to theorise about contemporary capitalism.
This introductory Reader, then, does two things: it equips new readers with the basic conceptual keys that could unlock the vast treasure trove of Marx’s analysis and insights, as well as offering fresh insights into Marx’s magnificent work to the initiated.
1. Reading Capital by VENKATESH ATHREYA
2. Writing Capital by VIJAY PRASHAD
3. Reading Capital in the Age of Finance by JAYATI GHOSH
4. Agriculture and Rural Society in Capital by R. RAMAKUMAR
5. The Three Stories of Capital and their Relevance Today by PRASENJIT BOSE
6. Reading Marx on Technology by T. JAYARAMAN
7. A Marxist Perspective on the World Economy by PRABHAT PATNAIK