The Contradictions of "Real Socialism": The Conductor and the Conducted

3.93 avg rating
( 41 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781583672563: The Contradictions of
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

What was “real socialism”—the term which originated in twentieth-century socialist societies for the purpose of distinguishing them from abstract, theoretical socialism? In this volume, Michael A. Lebowitz considers the nature, tendencies, and contradictions of those societies. Beginning with the constant presence of shortages within “real socialism,” Lebowitz searches for the inner relations which generate these patterns. He finds these, in particular, in what he calls “vanguard relations of production,” a relation which takes the apparent form of a social contract where workers obtain benefits not available to their counterparts in capitalism but lack the power to decide within the workplace and society.

While these societies were able to claim major achievements in areas from health care to education to popular culture, the separation of thinking and doing prevented workers from developing their capacities as fully developed human beings. The relationship within “real socialism” between the vanguard as conductor and a conducted working class, however, did not only lead to the deformation of workers and those elements necessary for the building of socialism; it also created the conditions in which enterprise managers emerged as an incipient capitalist class, which was an immediate source of the crises of “real socialism.” As he argued in The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development, Lebowitz stresses the necessity to go beyond the hierarchy inherent in the relation of conductor and conducted (and beyond the “vanguard Marxism” which supports this) to create the conditions in which people can transform themselves through their conscious cooperation and practice—i.e., a society of free and associated producers.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Michael Lebowitz is professor emeritus of economics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, and the author of Beyond Capital: Marx’s Political Economy of the Working Class, winner of the Isaac Deutscher Memorial Prize for 2004, and Build It Now: Socialism for the Twenty-First Century. He is Director, Programme in Transformative Practice and Human Development, Centro Internacional Miranda, in Caracas, Venezuela.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 15.95
US$ 16.50

Convert currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781583672570: The Contradictions of

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  1583672575 ISBN 13:  9781583672570
Publisher: Monthly Review Press, 2012
Hardcover

9789350022160: The Contradictions of Real Socialism: The Conductor and the Conducted

Aakar ..., 2013
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Michael A. Lebowitz
Published by Monthly Review Press,U.S., United States (2012)
ISBN 10: 1583672567 ISBN 13: 9781583672563
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Monthly Review Press,U.S., United States, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. What was real socialism the term which originated in twentieth-century socialist societies for the purpose of distinguishing them from abstract, theoretical socialism? In this volume, Michael A. Lebowitz considers the nature, tendencies, and contradictions of those societies. Beginning with the constant presence of shortages within real socialism, Lebowitz searches for the inner relations which generate these patterns. He finds these, in particular, in what he calls vanguard relations of production, a relation which takes the apparent form of a social contract where workers obtain benefits not available to their counterparts in capitalism but lack the power to decide within the workplace and society. While these societies were able to claim major achievements in areas from health care to education to popular culture, the separation of thinking and doing prevented workers from developing their capacities as fully developed human beings. The relationship within real socialism between the vanguard as conductor and a conducted working class, however, did not only lead to the deformation of workers and those elements necessary for the building of socialism; it also created the conditions in which enterprise managers emerged as an incipient capitalist class, which was an immediate source of the crises of real socialism. As he argued in The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development, Lebowitz stresses the necessity to go beyond the hierarchy inherent in the relation of conductor and conducted (and beyond the vanguard Marxism which supports this) to create the conditions in which people can transform themselves through their conscious cooperation and practice i.e., a society of free and associated producers. Seller Inventory # AAO9781583672563

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.50
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Lebowitz, Michael
Published by Monthly Review Press 8/1/2012 (2012)
ISBN 10: 1583672567 ISBN 13: 9781583672563
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 6
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Monthly Review Press 8/1/2012, 2012. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. The Contradictions of "Real Socialism": The Conductor and the Conducted. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9781583672563

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.51
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Michael A. Lebowitz
Published by Monthly Review Press,U.S., United States (2012)
ISBN 10: 1583672567 ISBN 13: 9781583672563
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Monthly Review Press,U.S., United States, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. What was real socialism the term which originated in twentieth-century socialist societies for the purpose of distinguishing them from abstract, theoretical socialism? In this volume, Michael A. Lebowitz considers the nature, tendencies, and contradictions of those societies. Beginning with the constant presence of shortages within real socialism, Lebowitz searches for the inner relations which generate these patterns. He finds these, in particular, in what he calls vanguard relations of production, a relation which takes the apparent form of a social contract where workers obtain benefits not available to their counterparts in capitalism but lack the power to decide within the workplace and society. While these societies were able to claim major achievements in areas from health care to education to popular culture, the separation of thinking and doing prevented workers from developing their capacities as fully developed human beings. The relationship within real socialism between the vanguard as conductor and a conducted working class, however, did not only lead to the deformation of workers and those elements necessary for the building of socialism; it also created the conditions in which enterprise managers emerged as an incipient capitalist class, which was an immediate source of the crises of real socialism. As he argued in The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development, Lebowitz stresses the necessity to go beyond the hierarchy inherent in the relation of conductor and conducted (and beyond the vanguard Marxism which supports this) to create the conditions in which people can transform themselves through their conscious cooperation and practice i.e., a society of free and associated producers. Seller Inventory # AAO9781583672563

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.04
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Lebowitz, Michael
Published by New York Univ Press
ISBN 10: 1583672567 ISBN 13: 9781583672563
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description New York Univ Press. Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Softcover A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Veteran Owned Bookshop in business since 1992!. Seller Inventory # 2602010

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.90
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Lebowitz, Michael
ISBN 10: 1583672567 ISBN 13: 9781583672563
New Quantity Available: 7
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2012. PAP. Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IB-9781583672563

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.87
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Michael Lebowitz
Published by Monthly Review Press
ISBN 10: 1583672567 ISBN 13: 9781583672563
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
BuySomeBooks
(Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Monthly Review Press. Paperback. Condition: New. 192 pages. Dimensions: 8.1in. x 5.3in. x 0.7in.What was real socialismthe term which originated in twentieth-century socialist societies for the purpose of distinguishing them from abstract, theoretical socialism In this volume, Michael A. Lebowitz considers the nature, tendencies, and contradictions of those societies. Beginning with the constant presence of shortages within real socialism, Lebowitz searches for the inner relations which generate these patterns. He finds these, in particular, in what he calls vanguard relations of production, a relation which takes the apparent form of a social contract where workers obtain benefits not available to their counterparts in capitalism but lack the power to decide within the workplace and society. While these societies were able to claim major achievements in areas from health care to education to popular culture, the separation of thinking and doing prevented workers from developing their capacities as fully developed human beings. The relationship within real socialism between the vanguard as conductor and a conducted working class, however, did not only lead to the deformation of workers and those elements necessary for the building of socialism; it also created the conditions in which enterprise managers emerged as an incipient capitalist class, which was an immediate source of the crises of real socialism. As he argued in The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development, Lebowitz stresses the necessity to go beyond the hierarchy inherent in the relation of conductor and conducted (and beyond the vanguard Marxism which supports this) to create the conditions in which people can transform themselves through their conscious cooperation and practicei. e. , a society of free and associated producers. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Seller Inventory # 9781583672563

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 22.46
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Michael Lebowitz
ISBN 10: 1583672567 ISBN 13: 9781583672563
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
ReadWhiz
(Portland, OR, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # ria9781583672563_ing

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 22.73
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Michael A. Lebowitz
ISBN 10: 1583672567 ISBN 13: 9781583672563
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Paperback. What was real socialism the term which originated in twentieth-century socialist societies for the purpose of distinguishing them from abstract, theoretical socialism? In this volume, Mich.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 192 pages. 0.277. Seller Inventory # 9781583672563

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 23.64
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Lebowitz, Michael
Published by Monthly Review Pr (2012)
ISBN 10: 1583672567 ISBN 13: 9781583672563
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Monthly Review Pr, 2012. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 192 pages. 8.25x5.50x0.75 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # __1583672567

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.29
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.79
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Lebowitz, Michael
Published by Monthly Review Press (2012)
ISBN 10: 1583672567 ISBN 13: 9781583672563
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Monthly Review Press, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # INGM9781583672563

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.19
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book