Essays in Culture & Class
Marxism's cultural turn, which has been prominent in its operation over at least the past four decades, continues to belie the hope it had initially held out. The idea that such a move would eventually pull Marxism out of its 'ontological crisis' is on the verge of a miscarriage. That is certainly the case in sub-continental South Asia. Unsurprisingly, therefore, 'culturally-turned' Marxism survives as the sign of the very crisis it was meant to surpass. Its canonisation within the academia, and beyond, as a mere analytic of culture has led to the blurring of politico-ideological lines. The quietist impulse that this theory of the science of revolution has, as a consequence, come to share with so-called poststructuralism implies its complete detachment from all notions and conceptions of class and class action.
The 13 essays that comprise this book are envisaged as a small attempt from South Asia – where communitarian postcolonialism and 'Marxist' culturalism constitute the most respectable trend in radical theory – to remedy the situation.