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Class, State and Ideology

spring semester 2008

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Lecture Notes


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