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  • Michael W. Howard, University of Maine

This collection provides readers with a sample of socialism's diverse meanings while showing both its continuing relevance and its vitality. While including some important classic texts by Karl Marx and Rosa Luxemburg, the majority of the articles reflect a contemporary assessment by scholars who are sympathetic to, yet not uncritical of, the socialist cause: specifically, what it has meant, what conclusions can be drawn from the failed experiments in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, what its future may be, and how it can be justified.

Among the topics considered are: models of market socialism versus non-market, participatory, planned socialism; the importance of feminism to socialism; socialism and ecology; the relationship of socialism to religion and culture; and much more. Michael Howard's introductory essay draws out the themes in and connections among the essays and situates them in the context of the history of socialism and current debates.

This versatile text is a valuable resource for the study of social justice, Marxism, political theory, critical theory, and comparative economic systems. Included are essays by Michael Albert, Frank Cunningham, Andrew Feenberg, Ann Ferguson, Andre Gorz, Roger S. Gottlieb, Robin Hahnel, Fredric Jameson, Steven Lukes, C. B. Macpherson, Manning Marable, David Miller, Alec Nove, James O'Connor, Adam Przeworski, David Schweickart, and Raymond Williams.

  • socialism,
  • critical theory
Publication Date
June, 2001
Humanity Books, An Imprint of Prometheus Books
Key Concepts in Critical Theory
Citation Information
Michael W. Howard. Socialism. Amherst, New York(2001)
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