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How to Read Marx's Capital

Stephen Shapiro

How to Read Marx's Capital

Stephen Shapiro

Distributed for Pluto Press

192 pages | 5 x 7
Paper $24.00 ISBN: 9780745325613 Published May 2008 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780745325620 Published May 2008 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Capital Volume I is essential reading on many undergraduate courses, but the structure and style of the book can be confusing for students, leading them to abandon the text. This book is a clear guide to reading Marx's classic text, which explains the reasoning behind the book's structure and provides help with the more technical aspects that non-economists may find taxing.

Students are urged to think for themselves and engage with Marx's powerful methods of argument and explanation. Shapiro shows that Capital is key to understanding critical theory and cultural production.

This highly focused book will prove invaluable to students of politics, cultural studies and literary theory.

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements

Part One: Commodities and Money
1. The Commodity
2. The Process of Exchange
3. Money, or the Circulation of Commodities

Part Two: The Transformation of Money into Capital
4. The General Formula for Capital
5. Contradictions in the General Formula
6. The Sale and Purchase of Labor-power

Part Three: The Production of Absolute Surplus-Value
7. The Labor Process and the Valorization Process
8. Constant Capital and Variable Capital
9. The Rate of Surplus-Value
10. The Working Day
11. The Rate and Mass of Surplus-Value

Part Four: The Production of Relative Surplus-Value
12. The Concept of Relative Surplus-Value
13. Co-operation
14. The Division of Labor and Manufacture
15. Machinery and Large-Scale Industry

Part Five: The Production of Absolute and Relative Surplus-Value
16. Absolute and Relative Surplus-Value
17. Changes of Magnitude in the Price of Labor-power and in Surplus-value
18: Different Formulae for the Rate of Surplus-Value

Part Six: Wages
19. The Transformation of the Value (and Respectively the Price) of Labor-power into Wages
20. Time-Wages
21. Piece Wages
22. National Differences in Wages

Part Seven: The Process of Accumulation of Capital
23. Simple Reproduction
24. The Transformation of Surplus-Value into Capital
25. The General Law of Capitalist Accumulation

Part Eight: So-Called Primitive ["Originating"] Accumulation
26. The Secret of Primitive Accumulation
27. The Expropriation of the Agricultural Population from the Land
28. Bloody Legislation Against the Expropriated Since the End of the Fifteenth Century. The Forcing Down of Wages by Act of Parliament
29. The Genesis of the Capitalist Farmer
30. Impact of the Agricultural Revolution on Industry. The Creation of a Home Market for Industrial Capital
31. The Genesis of the Industrial Capitalist
32. The Historical Tendency of Capitalist Accumulation
33. The Modern Theory of Colonization
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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