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  1. Against Post-Modernism
    A Marxist Critique

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1982
    Callinocos argues that the relativism preached by post-modernists leaves us with no objective criteria by which to reject those who would falsify the past.
  2. Beyond Oppression, Beyond Diversity: Class Analysis and Gender Inequality
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1995
    Massive increases in tuition fees resulting from government cutbacks to education were not addressed at a Status of Women conference -- an indication that much of what shall be referred to in this paper as "left feminism" has increasingly lost its way.
  3. Descent into Discourse
    The Reification of Language and the Writing of Social History

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1990
    Critique of postmodernist and poststructuralist approaches in history.
  4. Intellectual Charlatans & Academic Witch-Hunters
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    Butler’s work has always divided critics. While some view her as a courageous and innovative thinker, others view her as an intellectual charlatan.
  5. Keywords
    A Vocabulary of Culture and Society

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1977
    Williams examines more than 100 familiar words and explores how they are used.
  6. On Describing the Other
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    My criticism is not primarily about Judith Butler’s style; it is principally about the substance of her arguments and, more broadly, of poststructuralist arguments. I am not opposed to ‘difficult’ writing. There are many philosophers with whom it repays to work through the difficulties, the obscurities and the obtuseness; Hegel, for instance, even Heidegger in parts. Butler, in my eyes at least, is not such a philosopher.
  7. Ontological "Difference" and the Neo-Liberal War on the Social
    Deconstruction and Deindustrialization

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2001
    We have today legions of people with a smattering of knowledge turning out reams of books filled with buzz words that could be (and have been) produced by a computer program, and could be (and are) picked up in peer-group shop talk in a few months at the nearest humanities program or academic conference. Everyone these people don't like is trapped in a "gaze"; everyone "constitutes" their "identity" by "discourse"; to the fuddy-duddy "master narratives" that talk about such indelicate subjects as world accumulation these people counterpose "pastiche" and "bricolage", the very idea of being in any way systematic smacking of "totalitarianism"; it is blithely assumed that everyone except heterosexual white males now and for all time have been "subversives" (one wonders why we are still living under capitalism); a crippling relativism makes it somehow "imperial" to criticize public beheadings in Saudi Arabia or cliterodectomy practiced on five-year old girls in the Sudan.
  8. Postmodernism, the Academic Left, and the Crisis of Capitalism
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    Over the past fifty years, postmodern theory — an umbrella term generally used to refer to such diverse theoretical movements and paradigms as post-structuralism, Lacanian psychoanalysis, deconstruction, and others — has generally dominated most fields in the humanities and some in the social sciences. But the economic meltdown in 2008 and the subsequent chronic crisis in capitalism have dealt a fatal theoretical blow to the varied and nearly ineffable assemblage of perspectives that are often grouped under the rubric of “postmodernism.” postmodernism was indeed tragedy. It was tragedy for the massive amounts of “cultural capital” that it wasted; it was tragedy for the defrauding of intellectual integrity that it represented; it was tragedy for the abandonment of reality that it recommended. Further, like the financial fiasco, it was criminal.
  9. The Socialist Register 1990
    Volume 26: The Retreat of the Intellectuals

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1990
    Essays on the retreat away from socialism and Marxism by Left or formerly Left intellectuals.

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