Communism in the 21st Century

by Shannon Brincat, Editor
Foreword by Terrell Carver


What do recurrent crises of capitalism mean for the future of communism?

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December 2013


Pages 791
Volumes 3
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Politics, Law, and Government/General

A compelling three-volume exploration of the philosophical, social, and political facets of the theory and practice of communism within the conditions of 21st-century world politics and late capitalism.

The world has changed significantly, and so has communism. This groundbreaking three-volume series comprises contributions from over 30 experts that thoroughly address the past, present, and future of communism. The entries assess the modern re-articulation of the notion of communism and its potential emergence against the backdrop of recent historical conditions and contemporary world politics, taking into account the ongoing global financial crisis, recent revolutions throughout the Middle East, Occupy protest events, and anti-globalization movements. The first volume reexamines Marx's ideas from many distinct viewpoints while the second volume considers the numerous challenges facing existing communist parties, including those in China, Cuba, North Korea, and Vietnam. The last volume explores the future of communist thought and practice in the context of the modern world and the recurrent crises of capitalism.


  • Presents viewpoints from leading Marxist philosophers, economists, and historians alongside those from experts critical of communist ideas to provide a balanced, diverse collection on modern communism
  • Re-examines established debates within communist and radical politics to show how these discussions have been reconfigured to how communism is currently situated in world politics and may develop in the future
  • Explores Marx's vision from various interpretive backgrounds, including the socialist, economic, humanist, cosmopolitan, post-modern, feminist, environmental, and cultural, to engage a wide readership: students, academics, activists, and laypersons
Author Info

Shannon Brincat is a research fellow at Griffith University, Australia. His research is focused on the Frankfurt School and Critical International Relations Theory, and he has published on these areas in European Journal of International Relations and Review of International Studies and Constellations, amongst others. Brincat is coeditor of Critical Theory in International Studies and Security Studies: Interviews and Reflections and cofounder and coeditor of the journal, Global Discourse.

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