Chapter 25: The poetry of the future: Law, Marxism, and social change
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As with broader debates over the Marxist tradition, there are many Marxist approaches to law, rights, and the state. Even so, this chapter argues that we gain a sharper appreciation of the vexed question of Marxism’s relation to law, rights, and the state when we foreground the central ‘point’ of Marxism: understanding the world in order to change it. In contrast to other analyses, such as those of Evgeny Pashukanis, Louis Althusser, and Nicos Poulantzas, this chapter argues that it is necessary to explore the complex relationship between law’s form and content, and to consider how this relationship may be engaged to support and advance movements for fundamental social change.

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