By Rana Dasgupta
Capital is a compelling biography of a seriously vital megacity, and the consequences of unexpected and all-consuming capitalist transformation.
At the flip of the twenty-first century acclaimed novelist Rana Dasgupta arrived within the Indian capital with a unmarried suitcase. He had no purpose of staying for lengthy. however the urban beguiled him - he fell in love and in hate with it - and, fourteen years later, Delhi has develop into his home.
Capital tells the tale of Delhi's trip from walled urban to international urban. it's a tale of utmost wealth and gear, of land grabs and a cityscape replaced virtually past popularity. every thing that used to be sluggish, intimate and idiosyncratic has turn into quick, mammoth and customary; each point of lifestyles has been affected - for the bad, the center sessions and the super-rich.
Through a sequence of interesting own encounters Dasgupta takes us contained in the intoxicating, occasionally terrifying transformation of India's fastest-growing megacity, providing an incredible 'report from the worldwide future'.
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This should force us to reconsider the significance of productive forces historically, and re-evaluate the possibility of reincorporating their study into our theoretical explanations of the transition to capitalism. The Geopolitical in the Making of Capitalism The ontological singularity of the Political Marxist approach gives rise to a series of historico-theoretical exclusions from their account of the origins of capitalism: namely, intersocietal interaction and the concomitant geopolitical relations of political-military competition and war-making.
93 The notion of the origins of ‘capitalism in one country’94 is thus taken literally. This Eurocentrism of Political Marxist analyses is further reinforced by their conception of pre-capitalist societies as generally incapable of significant technological innovations by either the direct producers or exploiters. 98 To counter this common charge of ‘technodeterminism’, it is important to note that the concept of ‘productive forces’ not only took on different meanings relating to different historical contexts in Marx’s writings (at one point it was identified with early social communities),99 but, moreover, should not be conflated with mere ‘technologies’.
Capitalism, according to this view, has always existed, and has if anything been extended gradually over time. In such a view, an explanation for why ‘the West’ was able to eventually subordinate and peripheralise ‘the Rest’, at a particular (if long durational) historical period, is left undeveloped. Although Mielants describes this as an ‘extreme’63 version of WST, his line of reasoning shows that this transhistorical turn appears to be inscribed in the conceptual apparatus and theoretical assumptions of WST.