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Class, State and Ideology
spring semester 2008
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Spring 2008 Lectures
Lecture 1: Setting the Agenda: Marxism as a Critical Emancipatory Social Science
Lectures 2 The Three Nodes of the Marxist Tradition
Lecture 3 & 4. The Classical Marxist Theory of History
Lecture 5. The Classical Marxist theory of the history of capitalism's future
Lecture 6. Critiques and Reconstructions
Lecture 7. Capitalist Dynamics: a sketch of a theory of capitalist trajectory
Lecture 8. What is Class?
Lecture 9. The Concept of Exploitation
Lecture 10. Rethinking the Class Structure of Capitalism
Lecture 11 & 12. Class and Gender I: Marxism and feminism
Lecture 13. Class and Race
Lecture 14. Basic Concepts of class formation
Lecture 15. Rationality, solidarity and class struggle
Lecture 16. Dilemmas of Working Class Collective Action
Lecture 17. Class Compromise
Lecture 18. What is “Politics”? What is “the state”?
Lecture 19. What, if anything, makes the capitalist state a capitalist state? Is the state a patriarchal state?
Lecture 20. The State & Accumulation: functionality and contradiction
Lecture 21. The State and the Working Class: The democratic capitalist state and social Stability
Lecture 22. What is Ideology?
Lecture 23. Mystification: ideology as false consciousness
Lecture 24. Ideological Hegemony and Legitimation
Lecture 25. Ideology and Exploitation: the problem of consent
Lecture 26. Microfoundations of the theory of Ideology
Lecture 27. What is Socialism?
Lecture 28. Envisioning Real Utopias: New Models of Emancipatory Futures
Lecture 29. Strategic Logics of Transformation: ruptural, interstitial, symbiotic