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Burawoy, Michael (2003) For a Sociological Marxism: The Complementary Convergence of Antonio Gramsci and Karl Polanyi. Stamford University Libraries : 1-70.

The postcommunist age calls for a Sociological Marxism that gives pride of place to
society alongside but distinct from state and economy. This Sociological Marxism
can be traced to the writings of Gramsci and Polanyi. Hailing from different social
worlds and following different Marxist traditions, both converged on a similar critique
and transcendence of Classical Marxism. For Gramsci advanced capitalism is
marked by the expansion of civil society, which, with the state, acts to stabilize class
relations and provide a terrain for challenging capitalism. For Polanyi expansion of
the market threatens society, which reacts by (re)constituting itself as active society,
thereby harboring the embryo of a democratic socialism. This article appropriates
“society” as a Marxist concept and deploys it to interpret the rise and fall of communist
orders, the shift from politics of class to politics of recognition, the transition
from colonialism to postcolonialism, and the development of an emergent

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