The Ellen Meiksins Wood Reader $ 28.00 Meiksins Wood (1942-2016) placed class analysis at the center of her work and opposed the rejection of working class revolution promoted by Ernesto LaClau and Chantal Mouffe and the New “True” Socialists (NTS). "In The Origin of Capitalism, Ellen Meiksins Wood challenges most existing accounts of capitalism's origins, arguing that they fail to recognize its distinctive attributes as a social system by making its emergence seem natural and inevitable." Her parents, Gregory and Bella, were active in the Jewish labour movement in Europe; they left Latvia as political refugees during the inter-war years and settled in New York. Author: William Robinson 1 View More View Less. [4] Wood served on the editorial committee of the British journal New Left Review between 1984 and 1993. Ellen Meiksins Wood, for many years Professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto, Canada, was an editor of the New Left Review from 1984 to 1992, and, co-editor of Monthly Review from 1997 to 2000. Wood received a B.A. MacPherson: Liberalism, And The Task Of Socialist Political Theory", The Socialist Register, Vol.15 (1978), pp. The Institute founded the annual Ellen Meiksins Wood Prize & Lecture to honour Ellen’s legacy as an internationally renowned scholar and to bring her work to new generations of Canadians. Deshalb stellen sie den Kapitalismus in seinem Kern in Frage. Let me start with a provocative claim, which is contrary to all the conventional wisdom. This was the paradox of Ellen Meiksins Wood, or, rather, her achievement: a loving person who flourished in concert with others, and could do so even as she articulated, in person or in print, the sharpest of arguments. Prof. Meiksins Wood was also the left’s foremost theorist of democracy and its history, according to her former student David McNally, now a political science professor at York. "Only with a proper understanding of capitalism's beginning, Wood holds, can we imagine the possibility of it ending." by Ellen Meiksins Wood (Jun 01, 1997) Topics: Marxism. Her position built upon the pioneering work of the American historian Robert Brenner, fuelling what came to be known as the “Brenner Debate.” Prof. Meiksins Wood extended and developed Prof. Brenner’s analysis by focusing on the central role of the market in emerging economic systems. Ellen Meiksins Wood argues that, with the collapse of Com-munism, the theoretical project of Marxism and its critique of capitalism is more timely and important than ever. Prof. Meiksins Wood leaves her husband, Mr. Broadbent, and her brothers, Peter Meiksins of Cleveland and Robert Meiksins of Milwaukee. Ellen, already a promising scholar in her own right, was hired to teach at York’s Glendon campus. Prof. Meiksins Wood, who died of cancer in Ottawa on Jan. 14 at the age of 73, distinguished herself as one of the major political theorists of her generation. --BOOK JACKET. Ellen Meiksins Wood Back in the mid-1990s, when I was first getting a handle on the academic left, Wood’s articles on postmodernism were very useful to me. Students across Canada were clamouring for more radical perspectives and the new generation of Marxist scholars was drawn to York by the opportunity to build programs at a new university. Of these, The Retreat from Class received the Isaac Deutscher Memorial Prize in 1988. [Retrieved April 18, 2010] In The Pristine Culture of Capitalism (1994) and The Origin of Capitalism (1999), she traced capitalism’s origins to the 16th-century English countryside, when the interests of the landed aristocracy were advanced at the expense of the peasant classes. She was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada in 1996. "Ellen Meiksins Wood argues that, with the collapse of Communism, the theoretical project of Marxism and its critique of capitalism are more timely and important than ever. Historian and political thinker Ellen Meiksins Wood argues that theories of "postmodern" fragmentation, "difference," and con-tingency can barely accommodate the idea of capitalism, let alone subject it to critique. These donations help to pay our bills, and honorariums for some of our writers, photographers and graphic artists. In addition to the legendary seminar, George Comninel did a reading course as a master’s student in the late 1970s with Prof. Meiksins Wood on Marx’s Grundrisse and the three volumes of Capital. She taught herself to play the oboe during her time in Toronto and played chamber music with other amateur musicians. The late Ellen Meiksins Wood had a long and illustrious career teaching the history of political thought at Toronto’s York University. With Robert Brenner, Ellen Meiksins Wood articulated the foundations of Political Marxism, a strand of Marxist theory that places history at the centre of its analysis. email; facebook; twitter; google+; pinterest; whatsapp; Contributions to marx200 . Frances Abele, a professor at Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration, was one of Prof. Meiksins Wood’s graduate students, from 1976 to 1983. Ellen Meiksins Wood passed away yesterday after a long struggle with cancer. The Origin of Capitalism is a 1999 book on history and political economy, specifically the history of capitalism, by scholar Ellen Meiksins Wood, written from the perspective of Political Marxism. email; facebook; twitter; google+; pinterest; whatsapp; Contributions to marx200 . Ellen Meiksins Wood hat ein großes Werk eines lebendigen Marxismus vorgelegt. Ellen Meiksins Wood (1942–2016), for many years Professor of Political Science at York University, ... For example, Jairus Banaji’s critique of overly simplistic schemas being read unto the development of capitalism in Asia can work with Wood even though the two thinkers disagree on the origins of capitalism. theoreticians – Hannah Arendt and Ellen Meiksins Wood – whose reactivations of ancient political experiences significantly predate recent trends. The couple married in 2014. Like Hannah Arendt before her, Prof. Meiksins Wood was an important female scholar in a male-dominated field whose work didn’t focus on feminism. Kinzey Posen / December 6, 2017Syndicated. While still finishing her PhD, she moved to Toronto in 1967 with her first husband, Neal Wood, who had been offered a faculty position in political science at York’s Keele Street campus. Ellen Meiksins Wood argues that with the collapse of Communism the theoretical project of Marxism and its critique of capitalism is more timely and important than ever. Ellen Meiksins Wood argues that with the collapse of Communism the theoretical project of Marxism and its critique of capitalism is more timely and important than ever. Our supporters are part of everything we do. This was the paradox of Ellen Meiksins Wood, or, rather, her achievement: a loving person who flourished in concert with others, and could do so even as she articulated, in person or in print, the sharpest of arguments. It was a blend that won her the loyal, adoring friendship of many people over a long and successful life. This approach infused their teaching and writing, including Class Ideology and Ancient Political Theory: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle in Social Context (1978), which they co-authored. Ellen Meiksins Wood (1942–2016), for many years Professor of Political Science at York University, ... For example, Jairus Banaji’s critique of overly simplistic schemas being read unto the development of capitalism in Asia can work with Wood even though the two thinkers disagree on the origins of capitalism. Historian and political thinker Ellen Meiksins Wood argues that theories of “postmodern” fragmentation, “difference,” and con-tingency can barely accommodate the idea of capitalism, let alone subject it to critique. Ellen Meiksins Wood passed away yesterday after a long struggle with cancer. Central to all these developments has been the “retreat from class,” a phrase originated by Ellen Meiksins Wood (Wood, 1986); in academic circles, this has been displayed in attacks on Marxism as a class-reductionist “master narrative” in need of supplementation by a range of alternative methodologies (Laclau and Mouffe). The Pitfalls of Realist Analysis of Global Capitalism: A Critique of Ellen Meiksins Wood's Empire of Capital In: Historical Materialism. • "C.B. Barely five feet tall but considered an intellectual giant, Marxist scholar and political science professor Ellen Meiksins Wood was instrumental in making Toronto’s York University a centre for the radical critique of social and political thought toward the end of the 20th century. Ellen Meiksins Wood, for many years Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto, is the author of many books, including Democracy Against Capitalism and, with Verso, The Pristine Culture of Capitalism, The Origin of Capitalism, Peasant-Citizen and Slave, Citizens to Lords, Empire of Capital and Liberty and Property. Prof. Meiksins Wood was fond of the English countryside and spent many hours walking on Dartmoor, in Devon, and in other areas. The Institute founded the annual Ellen Meiksins Wood Prize & Lecture to honour Ellen’s legacy as an internationally renowned scholar and to bring her work to new generations of Canadians. The Institute founded the annual Ellen Meiksins Wood Prize & Lecture to honour Ellen’s legacy as an internationally renowned scholar and to bring her work to new generations of Canadians. Ellen Meiksins Wood (1942-2016) was a leading political theorist and one of the world's most influential historians. Her wide-ranging and original work, covering topics which range from examinations of Athenian democracy to contemporary American imperialism, has, alongside Robert Brenner, inaugurated the 'Political Marxist' approach to history. Ellen Meiksins Wood, for many years Professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto, Canada, was an editor of the New Left Review from 1984 to 1992, and, co-editor of Monthly Review from 1997 to 2000. Ancient equality against modern democracy: resources of critique in Hannah Arendt and Ellen Meiksins Wood. [5] She and Neal Wood divided their time between England and Canada until he died in 2003. Historian and political thinker Ellen Meiksins Wood argues that theories of “postmodern” fragmentation, “difference,” and con-tingency can barely accommodate the idea of capitalism, let alone subject it … Frances Abele, George Comninel and Peter Meiksins, 'Socialism and democracy: the political engagements of Ellen Meiksins Wood', This page was last edited on 28 November 2020, at 05:39. Critical evaluation of the thought of C. B. Macpherson. The claim I want to make is that this historical moment, the one we’re living in now, is the best not the worst, the most not the least appropriate moment to bring back Marx. MacPherson: Liberalism, And The Task Of Socialist Political Theory", "Liberal Democracy And Capitalist Hegemony: A Reply To Leo Panitch On The Task Of Socialist Political Theory", "The Uses and Abuses of 'Civil' Society,", "A Chronology of the New Left and its Successors, or: Who's Old-Fashioned Now?