working-class subjectivity

curtis price cansv at
Mon Feb 5 01:36:56 MST 1996

Re: Working Class Subjectivity

Yes, the below list is good but a little too weighted toward purely 
theoretical discussions i.e.there  are no 'subjects' in these 
discussions of subjectivity! By all means complement the list with:

1) Early 'Socialisme ou Barbarie', many texts of which are
most easily available in the three volume Castoriadis edition published
 by Univ. of Minnesota. Also, "Facing Reality" pamphlets, such as 
Paul Romano's "The American Worker"

2) "Informal Work Groups" by Stan Weir in "Rank and File"

3) "The Refusal of Work" by Echanges et Mouvment. English pamphlet

4) Robin D.G. Kelley "Race Rebels"

Of course, the above is far from exhaustive. But at least the 
experiences of real life workers in real life workplaces are
incorporated in all the above. . .

- Curtis Price

> Jacques Camatte, 1995. This World We Must Leave. Ed. ALEX TROTTER.  NY:
> Autonomedia.
> Felton Shortall, 1994. The Incomplete Marx. Brookfield, VT: Averbury, 1994.
> John Holloway "From Scream of Refusal to Scream of Power: The Centrality of
> Work" and Wener Bonefeld "Capital as Subject and the Existence of Labour"
> in *Emancipating Marx*. Ed. Werner Bonefeld, Richard Gunn, et al. London:
> Pluto, 1995. 
> John Holloway "Crisis, Fetishism, Class Composition" and Harry Cleaver "The
> Inversion of Class Perspective in Marxian Theory: From Valorization to
> Self-Valorization" in Open Marxism, vol II: Theory and Practice. Ed. Werner
> Bonefeld, et. al. London: Pluto, 1992.  (I remain quite confused by this
> concept of self-valorization as the expression of worker subjectivity). 
> Franz Jakubowski, 1936. Ideology and Superstructure in Historical
> Materialism. Intro. Frank Furedi. Reprint. London: Pluto, 1990. 
> Alan B. Spitzer, 1957. The Revolutionary Theories of Louis Auguste Blanqui.
> New York: Columbia. Are those who now emphasize subjectivity idealists,
> disguised inheritors of the tradition of Blanqui?  What was Marx's
> criticicism of this tradition?  
> There were also the efforts of Lukacs and Korsch both of whom are discussed
> in Stephen Eric Bronner's *Of Criticial Theory and Its Theorists* and in
> Helena Sheehan's *Marxism and the Philosophy of Science*, which also
> includes a discussion of Caudwell's understanding of the subject/object
> relationship and how the two major classes experience that relationship
> differently and the significance of that differential experience.    
> Also, Grossmann and Mattick have beeen criticized sharply in recent years
> for their supposed belief that the contradictions of capitalism would
> automatically  produce a revolutionary subject.  This is an unfair reading
> of them.  See for example Mattick's "Spontaneity and Organization" in
> *Anti-Bolshevik Communism*. London: Merlin, 1978.    
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