'Should we all be on Marx's side?' Contributions of post-marxist discourse theory to the historiography of communism

Twentieth Century Communism - ISSN 1758-6437
Volume 2009 Number 1

'Should we all be on Marx's side?' Contributions of post-marxist discourse theory to the historiography of communism
Antonio Lopes, pages -

Abstract

Drawing on post-marxist discourse theory inspired by the writings of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, this article puts the case for a literature on communism situated at the crossroads of critical theory, cultural studies and historiography. Specific illustration is provided by the author’s own research on British communism and the Spanish Civil War. However, the scope of the article is much broader and it is intended as a contribution to the theoretical discussion of future possibilities for communist history-writing. The article concludes that discourse should be regarded neither as a flat surface of tightly knit signifiers nor as an impenetrable monolith of meaning systems. Rather, it should be seen as an inherently dynamic phenomenon, with its own condensations and dispersions along the historical continuum. In this lies its significance for historians of communism.

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Antonio Lopes (2009) 'Should we all be on Marx's side?' Contributions of post-marxist discourse theory to the historiography of communism, Twentieth Century Communism, 2009(1), -

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