Neomarxisme — Kultuurkritiek tussen die Mislukking van die revolusie in die ooste en die versuim van die revolusie in die Weste


This introduction to "Neomarxism” begins by a formal analysis of the concept itself. It is suggested here that this term refers to the philosophical revival and revision of Marxist theory in the West. The philosophic-historical context of Neomarxism is consequently outlined so as to elucidate the basic elements of this revision. It appears that this context is determined by the dual experience of the betrayed revolution in the East and the abandoned revolution in the West. Against this background an explanation is then given as to why Neomarxist criticism of Marx concentrates especially on the so-called reductivist and deterministic elements in historical materialism. Finally the leitmotif of the Neomarxist critique of culture is defined. Their rejection of the technocratic ideal of progress not only demonstrates their departure from Marx and the Marxist belief in the emancipatory effect of the rational control of nature. In addition it justifies the view that a radical critique of Marx simultaneously implies a critique of the very roots of modern Western society.

Copyright information

  • Ownership of copyright in terms of the Work remains with the authors.
  • The authors retain the non-exclusive right to do anything they wish with the Work, provided attribution is given to the place and detail of original publication, as set out in the official citation of the Work published in the journal. The retained right specifically includes the right to post the Work on the authors’ or their institutions’ websites or institutional repository.

Publication and user license

  • The authors grant the title owner and the publisher an irrevocable license and first right and perpetual subsequent right to (a) publish, reproduce, distribute, display and store the Work in  any form/medium, (b) to translate the Work into other languages, create adaptations, summaries or extracts of the Work or other derivative works based on the Work and exercise all of the rights set forth in (a) above in such translations, adaptations, summaries, extracts and derivative works, (c) to license others to do any or all of the above, and (d) to register the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for the Definitive Work.
  • The authors acknowledge and accept the user licence under which the Work will  be published as set out in (Creative Commons Attribution License South Africa)
  • The undersigned warrant that they have the authority to license these publication rights and that no portion of the copyright to the Work has been assigned or licensed previously to any other party.

Disclaimer: The publisher, editors and title owner accept no responsibility for any statement made or opinion expressed by any other person in this Work. Consequently, they will not be liable for any loss or damage sustained by any reader as a result of his or her action upon any statement or opinion in this Work. 
In cases where a manuscript is NOT accepted for publication by the editorial board, the portions of this agreement regarding the publishing licensing shall be null and void and the authors will be free to submit this manuscript to any other publication for first publication.

Our copyright policies are author-friendly and protect the rights of our authors and publishing partners.