In particular, Hennessey brings an historical materialist
and feminist reading of sexuality, nonconforming sexual identity and gender in the affect culture of organizing in the maquilas.
His reading of the work of Karl Marx turned him into a life-long historical materialist
who, until his death, was very sceptical of the system of market capitalism, which inevitably promotes greed, corruption and widens the gap between the rich and the poor.
My first move is to review the figuring of the commodity, in a consideration of colonial expropriation, through a different take on the historical materialist
reading of slavery.
In this regard, if Cohle casts doubt on history, Pizzolatto might yet prove himself a historical materialist
, in the sense that appearances may change, but only while internal structures stay the same, such that any story remains only that, and nothing all the more.
Frustrated by utopian promises of change, this debate reflects the impatience with historical materialist
critiques such as dual systems theory as a means to revive feminism's revolutionary potential.
At the same time, the focus on the territoriality of the inter-state system in relation to the growth of capitalism has been a persistent theme within historical materialist
discussions, but it has been plagued by marginalisation and lack of engagement from the mainstream.
Vernon Knight (Chapter 4) evaluates the limitations of the historical materialist
approach as practiced in Cuba through ah insightful, critical review of the late pre-Hispanic/early Colonial site of Lomas del Convento, identified as the seat of the encomienda (centre subjecting local people to Spanish tule) of Fray Bartolome de Las Casas.
Inheritor of the critical traditions and historical materialist
commitments of the Frankfurt School, Habermas in his many and varied inquiries has consistently sought to understand power, so as to champion both equality and diversity.
Lacsamana (women's studies, Hamilton College) examines the social position of Filipino women in the context of political instability and violence and de facto martial law in the Philippines, deploying a historical materialist
analysis explicitly in opposition to the cultural or postmodern turn in Western feminist analysis in order to investigate issues of identity, migration, militarism, and prostitution, while foregrounding the grassroots anti-imperialist resistance conducted by such groups as GABRIELA (General Assembly Binding Women for Reforms, Equality, and Action), Migrante International, Task Force Subic Rape, and the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women.
Sparked by the recent global financial crisis (GFC), it is written from a critical perspective, in the framework of historical materialist
political economy, addressing a number of issues which don't, or perhaps refuse to, fall into neat disciplinary boundaries.
The ten essays by Sean Kennedy, Ronan McDonald, David Lloyd, James McNaughton, Patrick Bixby, Victor Merriman, Sinead Mooney, Peter Boxall, Michael Wood, and Andrew Gibson cover an impressive array of periods and topics, which range from an examination of Beckett's critical reception in Irish studies to a discussion of the methodological advantages to be gained from a historical materialist
turn in Beckett studies (following from transformations in Joyce studies).
The historical materialist
methodological approach adopted by Thomas and now eschewed by the erstwhile Caribbean intellectual Left, is aptly employed here.