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    Marx on Ireland: the dialectics of colonialism (NIRSA) Working Paper Series. No. 73.

    Slater, Eamonn (2013) Marx on Ireland: the dialectics of colonialism (NIRSA) Working Paper Series. No. 73. Working Paper. NIRSA - National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis. (Unpublished)

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    In surveying a document that Marx wrote for a speech on Ireland (November 1867) a dialectical analysis of colonialism is revealed and it appears to be a multifaceted process which penetrated into all aspects of Irish society. Not only is the economy thwarted by this colonial process but also the other processes that make up this societal organic totality. In metabolising with these social (and natural) processes colonialism, according to Marx, created ‘abominable conditions of existence’ for the colonised. The overriding determinant of this continually evolving process of colonisation was the presence of a landlord caste who were not only the dominant faction in the British colonising regime but they also dominated the other diverse strategies which emerged from the other factions of the colonising regime. The concrete consequence of landlord dominated colonialism was that the rental form was the main driver of accumulation rather than capital as in the capitalist mode of production. Accordingly, we have an empirical example of colonialism without capitalism in this Irish social formation even though Ireland was colonised by capitalist Britain.

    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Keywords: Marx; dialectical method of enquiry; organic totality; mediated processes; abominable conditions of subversion; colonial process and Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 5422
    Depositing User: Dr. Eamonn Slater
    Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2014 15:17
    Publisher: NIRSA - National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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