Marxism Reading Group: Formation vs. Location


September 23, 2020 at 7:00pm - 9pm

Marx is probably most famous as a class theorist; he was one of the fiercest critics of exploitation, and tirelessly held to the belief that working people would fundamentally alter the world. Even so, he left behind no complete theory of class, and the writings he did produce have been subject to widespread controversy. This week, in our first session on the topic of class, we will explore two influential interpretations of Marxian class theory, asking about how to better understand capitalism and the role of the working class in transforming it.


  • Erik Olin Wright, "Foundations of a Neo-Marxist Class Analysis"
  • EP Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class

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Meeting ID: 994 9945 0800

About the Series

Philly DSA's Marxism Reading Group explores a range of topics in Marxist theory. Sessions will focus on big picture ideas, unpacking fundamental concepts of historical, political, and economic analysis, as well as more specific debates focused on issues such as class, the State, gender, imperialism, colonialism, hegemony, and history. Along the way, we'll read some of the most influential writers in the Marxist tradition, including David Harvey, Angela Davis, GA Cohen, CLR James, EP Thompson, and Rosa Luxemburg. Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, please join us!


September 9: What is Historical Materialism?
September 23: Class I: Formation vs. Location
October 7: Class II: The Professional-Managerial Class
October 21: Imperialism I: Early Theories of Imperialism
November 4: Imperialism II: Underdevelopment & the New Imperialism
November 18: Imperialism III: Colonialism & The Post-Colony
December 02: Social Reproduction Theory


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