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Theres really no escaping it: if you want to understand capitalism, you simply have to read Karl Marxs Capital. But this is easier said than done. Capital is Marxs 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 Marxs analysis and insights, as well as offering fresh insights into Marxs magnificent work to the initiated. Contents:VENKATESH ATHREYA: Reading Capital, VIJAY PRASHAD: Writing Capital, JAYATI GHOSH: Reading Capital in the Age of Finance, R. RAMAKUMAR: Agriculture and Rural Society in Capital, PRASENJIT BOSE: The Three Stories of Capital and their Relevance Today, T. JAYARAMAN: Reading Marx on Technology, PRABHAT PATNAIK: A Marxist Perspective on the World Economy
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