Formal and real subordination and the contemporary proletariat: Re-coupling Marxist class theory and labour-process analysis

Having seemed to offer so much in the 1970s, neo- Marxist class theory went into significant decline in the decades that followed. This paper begins with a critique of E. O.Wright’s 1980s detour via a reworking of central aspects of Marx’s class theory. Specifically, Marx’s concepts of formal and real subordination provide the basis for a re-coupling of labour-process themes with a class analysis of contemporary capitalism.

Par David Neilson
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