Department of Sociology

New book: Marxism and Social Movements

Alf Gunvald Nilsen has edited a new book with Colin Barker, Manchester Metropolitan University, Laurence Cox, National University of Ireland Maynooth and John Krinsky, The City College of New York.

Main content

Marxism and Social Movements is the first sustained engagement between social movement theory and Marxist approaches to collective action. The chapters collected here, by leading figures in both fields, discuss the potential for a Marxist theory of social movements; explore the developmental processes and political tensions within movements; set the question in a long historical perspective; and analyse contemporary movements against neo-liberalism and austerity.

Exploring struggles on six continents over 150 years, this collection shows the power of Marxist analysis in relation not only to class politics, labour movements and revolutions but also anti-colonial and anti-racist struggles, community activism and environmental justice, indigenous struggles and anti-austerity protest. It sets a new agenda both for Marxist theory and for movement research.

Read more about the book here.