Confronting Capitalism in the 21st Century

Lessons from Marx’s Capital

  • Marc Silver

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Beginning with Capital

  3. Contending with Value: Money, Price, Temporality, and Space

  4. Financialization, Credit, and Crisis

  5. Crisis in the 21st Century: Cross-National Evidence

  6. The Past and Present with an Eye on the Future

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 337-344

About this book


This book analyzes key aspects of Marx’s Capital with an eye towards its relevance for an understanding of issues confronting us in the 21st Century.  The contributions to this volume suggest that while aspects of Marx’s original analysis must be adjusted to take into account changes that have occurred since its initial publication in 1867, his overall perspective remains necessary for understanding the nature of crises in 21st century.  Part I emphasizes the central concepts Marx employed in Capital, including exploitation, capital accumulation, commodity fetishism, and his use of dialectics as a method for baring the underlying relations that define capitalism. Parts II and III extend that focus by addressing the concept of value, fictitious capital, credit and financialization. Parts IV and V offer analyses of several concrete manifestations of contemporary crises from national contexts (Europe, Latin America, China, and the United States). The volume argues that we have to combat the imperatives of capitalism to move towards a more humane and egalitarian future.


Value Capitalism Credit Economic Crisis Land ownership global capitalism Dependent Capitalism Zero-Work Paradox Hegemony Superstructure Surplus Value Exploitation Capital Accumulation political economy automation market Continental Philosophy John Maynard Keynes Social Reproduction

Editors and affiliations

  • Marc Silver
    • 1
  1. 1.Hofstra UniversityHempsteadUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-13638-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-13639-0
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