Post-Marxism has two related but different uses. Post-marxism can be used to refer to the situation in
Eastern Europeand the ex-Soviet republics after the fall of the Soviet Union, or it can be used to represent the theoretical work of philosophers and social theorists who have built their theories upon those of Karl Marxand Marxists but exceeded the limits of those theories in ways that puts them outside of Marxism. Particularly, post-Marxism argues against derivationismand essentialism(for example, the state is not an instrument and does not ‘function’ unambiguously or relatively autonomously in the interests of a single class) [Iain Mclean & Alistair Mcmillan, "The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics" (Article: State), Oxford University Press, 2003]
History of post-Marxism
Post-marxism began in the late 1960s with the weakening of the
sovietparadigm of communism, the rise of Maoist theory, and the advent of commercial television, which broadcast events from Vietnamand the student riots of 1968. The withering away of the grand narratives of revolution, mass cultureand communismmade it impossible for many theorists to use those concepts to ground their work.
emiology and discourse
Roland Barthesbegan his sustained critiqueof mass culturethrough the science of signs and specifically looking at the "Mythologies" of modern society, the possibility to ground social critique in linguistic, semiotic, or discursive practices began to be pursued by some Marxists. Baudrillard's " For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign" and much of his work around that built out from Barthes's work and criticized then current Marxismfor not seeing the sign valuewithin their own discourse.
Marxismand Marxist philosophy
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