BOOK REVIEW | BRICS and the New American Imperialism


Global rivalry and resistance (Democratic Marxism Series)

Edited by Vishwas Satgar

Contributors: Vishwas Satgar; Ferrial Adam; Samir Amin; Patrick Bond; William K Carroll; Christopher Chase-Dunn; Alexander Gallas; Ana Garcia; Karina Kato; Nivedita Majumdar; Keamogetswe Seipato

BRICS is a grouping of the five major emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Volume five in the Democratic Marxism series challenges the mainstream understanding of BRICS and US dominance to situate the new global rivalries engulfing capitalism.

It offers novel analyses of BRICS in the context of increasing US induced imperial chaos, deepening environmental crisis tendencies (such as climate change and water scarcity), contradictory dynamics inside BRICS countries and growing subaltern resistance.

Our barbaric present, marked by savage inequalities and ecological devastation, is rooted in the historical logic of imperialism. Building on Rosa Luxemburg’s brilliant theorising, this book shows why socialism is our only chance of survival.

– Jacklyn Cock, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology and Research Associate, Society, Work and Politics Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

The dangerous contradictions of the contemporary world

The authors revisit contemporary thinking on imperialism and anti-imperialism, drawing on the work of Rosa Luxemburg, one of the leading theorists after Marx, who attempted to understand the expansionary nature of capitalism from the heartlands to the peripheries.

The richness of Luxemburg’s pioneering work inspires most of the volume’s contributors in their analyses of the dangerous contradictions of the contemporary world as well as forms of democratic agency advancing resistance.

This important volume foregrounds the burning questions facing a crisis-ridden capitalist system. It is an essential read for all those wanting to understand changing global power dynamics, so as to pose a social transformation agenda that transcends capitalism.

– Gunnett Kaaf, Marxist activist, South Africa

While various forms of resistance are highlighted, among them water protests, mass worker strikes, anti-corporate campaigning and forms of cultural critique, this volume grapples with the challenge of renewing anti-imperialism beyond the NGO-driven World Social Forum and considers the prospects of a new horizontal political vessel to build global convergence. It also explores the prospects of a Fifth International of Peoples and Workers.

This book brings together scholars from across the North-South axis to map the shifting fault lines of the world-system in a perilous conjuncture. What emerges is a rich cartography of rivalry and resistance that will speak to the knowledge interests of both scholars and activists – essential reading.

– Alf Gunvald Nilsen, professor, Department of Sociology, University of Pretoria

About the editor

Vishwas Satgar, a democratic eco-socialist, is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

He edits the Democratic Marxism series and is the principal investigator for the Emancipatory Futures Studies in the Anthropocene project.

  • Publisher | Wits University Press |
  • ISBN | 978-1-77614-528-7 |
  • Recommended Price | R420.00 |
  • Subject | Political Science, International Relations |

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