Grace Lally

P is for production

Issue section: 
Issue: 
Author: 

References to production come up all the time in Marxist writing.

Capitalism is a "mode of production". Social relations are rooted in "relations of production". Capitalist economies are repeatedly convulsed by "crises of overproduction". The ruling class rule because they control the "means of production". This emphasis on the centrality of production is sometimes characterised as "economic reductionism" because it is argued that the complexity of human life must be understood through a variety of different criteria which are beyond economic considerations.

Urbanised Poverty

Issue section: 
Issue: 
Author: 

Review of 'Planet Of Slums', Mike Davis, Verso £15.99

For the first time in human history the majority of the world's population live in cities. Of those people around 1 billion live in slums. Whatever images of Victorian tenements the word slum conjures up, Mike Davis's picture of 21st century slum life in the Third World is infinitely more horrifying. With population densities comparable to cattle feedlots, millions of people are swamped in filth and disease.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Issue section: 
Author: 

Review of 'Translations' by Brian Friel, National Theatre, London

The recent events in Birmingham and Paris have renewed debates about issues of 'culture clashes', racism and integration. Translations takes up these issues within the context of a Gaelic-speaking village in 1833, during the Ordnance Survey to map out Ireland and just before the establishment of a state education system.

Subscribe to RSS - Grace Lally