New Book: The Ideological Condition: Selected Essays on History, Race and Gender

Himani Bannerji (Sociology) is the author of the recently published The Ideological Condition: Selected Essays on History, Race and Gender. Published by Brill, it is part of the Historical Materialism Book Series (Volume: 212). The reader comprises many of Bannerji’s English writings over a long period of teaching and research in Canada and India. She creates an interdisciplinary analytical method and extends the possibilities of historical materialism by predominantly drawing on Marx, Gramsci and Dorothy Smith.

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The Ideological Condition: Selected Essays on History, Race and Gender is a reader comprised of many of Himani Bannerji’s English writings over a long period of teaching and research in Canada and India. Bannerji creates an interdisciplinary analytical method and extends the possibilities of historical materialism by predominantly drawing on Marx, Gramsci, and Dorothy Smith. Essays here instantiate Marx’s general proposition that while all ideology is a form of consciousness, all forms of consciousness are not ideological. Applying this insight to issues ranging from patriarchy through race, class, nationalism, liberalism and fascism, Bannerji breaks through East-West binaries, challenging the mystifying approaches to the constitution of the social, and shows that a sustained struggle against ideological thinking is at the heart of a fundamental socialist struggle.

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