Paper $27.00 ISBN: 9780745399904 Published August 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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Storming Heaven

Class Composition and Struggle in Italian Autonomist Marxism

Steve Wright

Storming Heaven

Steve Wright

Distributed for Pluto Press

With a Foreword by Harry Cleaver and an Afterword by Riccardo Bellofiore and Massimiliano Tomba 

272 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2
Paper $27.00 ISBN: 9780745399904 Published August 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745399911 Published November 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
The only comprehensive survey of Italian autonomist theory, Storming Heaven explores its origins in the anti-Stalinist left of the 1950s and traces it through its glory days twenty years later. Emphasizing the dynamic nature of class composition and struggle as the distinguishing feature of autonomist thought, Steve Wright documents how class politics developed alongside emerging social movements. A critical and historical exploration of autonomist Marxism in postwar Italy, Storming Heaven moves beyond traditional analytical frameworks and instead assesses the strengths and limitations of the theory and how it foreshadowed many of contemporary European social struggles, such as the refusal of work, self-organization, openness to non-militarized political violence, mass illegality, and the extension of revolutionary agency. This updated edition also offers a substantial new afterword looking at the recent debates around operaismo and autonomia in Italy.   
 
Contents
Foreword by Harry Cleaver
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
1 Weathering the 1950s
2 Quaderni Rossi and the Workers’ Enquiry
3 Classe Operaia
4 New Subjects
5 The Creeping May
6 Potere Operaio
7 Toni Negri and the Operaio Sociale
8 The Historiography of the Mass Worker
9 The Collapse of Workerism
10 Conclusion
 
Postscript: Once More, With Feeling: A Bibliographic Essay Afterword to the Italian Edition by Riccardo Bellofiore and Massimiliano Tomba
Bibliography
Index
 
Review Quotes
Michael Hardt co-author of Empire
"The best account in English of the developments of autonomous politics in Italy in the 1960s and 70s."
Alberto Toscano, Goldsmiths, University of London
"As the most wide-ranging, historically nuanced and theoretically incisive treatment of the contested tradition of operaismo, Wright's book is an indispensable contribution to the study, critique or revitalisation of Italy's foremost contribution to Marxian heterodoxy."
Nick Dyer-Witheford, author of Cyber-Proletariat: Global Labour in the Digital Vortex
"A vital, lucid  contribution to understanding how the red threads of Marxism are being rewoven into the fabric of twenty-first century radicalism."
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