John Hutnyk – Bad Marxism

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Author: John Hutnyk

John Hutnyk is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, London, and the author of Critique of Exotica: Music, Politics and the Culture Industry (Pluto Press, 2000). He also wrote The Rumour of Calcutta: Tourism, Charity and the Poverty of Representation (Zed, 1996) and was co-editor of Dis-Orienting Rhythms: The Politics of the New Asian Dance Music, (with Sanjay and Ash Sharma, Zed, 1996) and Travel Worlds: Journeys in Contemporary Cultural Politics (with Raminder Kaur, Zed, 1999).

Bad Marxism

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Cultural Studies commonly claims to be a radical discipline. This book thinks that’s a bad assessment. Cultural theorists love to toy with Marx, but critical thinking seems to fall into obvious traps. After an introduction which explains why the ‘Marxism’ of the academy is unrecognisable and largely unrecognised in anti-capitalist struggles

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‘Hutnyk packs more dynamite in his sentences than any other writer I know.’ –Amitava Kumar, Penn State University
About the Author
John Hutnyk is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, London, and the author of Critique of Exotica: Music, Politics and the Culture Industry (Pluto Press, 2000). He also wrote The Rumour of Calcutta: Tourism, Charity and the Poverty of Representation (Zed, 1996) and was co-editor of Dis-Orienting Rhythms: The Politics of the New Asian Dance Music, (with Sanjay and Ash Sharma, Zed, 1996) and Travel Worlds: Journeys in Contemporary Cultural Politics (with Raminder Kaur, Zed, 1999).

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