Definition of neo-Marxist in US English:



  • Relating to forms of political philosophy which arise from the adaptation of Marxist thought to accommodate or confront modern issues such as the global economy, the capitalist welfare state, and the stability of liberal democracies.

    • ‘As far back as the 1960s, neo-Marxist guru Herbert Marcuse anticipated much in today's illiberal liberalism.’
    • ‘Again, the era of decolonisation and of international revolution in the 1950s to 1980s provided a context within which neo-Marxist approaches to world history flourished.’
    • ‘The scholars (many working in a neo-Marxist tradition) who were paying attention to the exercise of power by national and global systems were generally not interested in the environment and natural resources.’
    • ‘The neo-Marxist theory discussed above resonates with these micro-experiments.’
    • ‘My Masters thesis, written under the guidance of a neo-Marxist economist, deplored New Zealand's dependence on foreign capital.’
    • ‘It is clear that neo-Marxist theory has much to offer in both understanding the nature of some of these developments and in contributing to debates about their future.’
    • ‘More recently feminist theoreticians, neo-Marxist scholars, and students of postcolonial studies have proceeded from the claim that all knowledge is positioned.’
    • ‘The Utopians may be neo-Marxist radicals adhering to a proven failed ideology, but they weren't complete morons.’
    • ‘And the esoteric world of European neo-Marxist theorizing has replaced the ballrooms and summer homes of Manhattan high society.’
    • ‘One can see some validity in a sort of generalised, neo-Marxist argument.’
    • ‘Maybe that's because a perusal of the document reveals it is larded with neo-Marxist slogans about the ‘gender power structure’ of society.’
    • ‘We shall return to these issues below when neo-Marxist theories are discussed.’
    • ‘Thus genre provides neo-Marxist criticism with suitable territory on which to develop the more progressive possibilities of the notion of fictional production.’
    • ‘Feminists think of ‘empowerment’ in the neo-Marxist sense - inducing women to become angry and resentful, thus driving a wedge between the sexes and undermining marriage, the most fundamental unit of society.’
    • ‘A film which disorientates and distances the gaze of spectatorial identifications and representations, simultaneously, accommodates a neo-Marxist critique of late-capitalist pomo-distillation and disintegration.’
    • ‘Along with Derrida's deconstruction, Michel Foucault's study of the complex nature of power and truth and Fredric Jameson's neo-Marxist analysis of ideology have been deeply influential on postmodernism in biblical studies.’
    • ‘For instance, a student unfamiliar with neo-Marxist philosophy probably won't be inclined to grasp the significance of some kinds of class conflicts.’
    • ‘Indiana University law professor Linda Kelly recently exposed the neo-Marxist underpinnings of the DV industry.’
    • ‘In addition, while Marxist and neo-Marxist formulations diminished with the end of the Cold War, other approaches emerged to organize the work of IR in Europe and elsewhere.’
    • ‘In essence, he occasionally comes close to espousing a neo-Marxist theory, according to which extreme poverty persists mainly because of exploitation by the rich and powerful.’


  • A person with neo-Marxist views.

    • ‘It might be superfluous to recapitulate the debate between traditional Marxist-Leninists and neo-Marxists such as Immanuel Wallerstein - that would require in itself a separate inquiry.’
    • ‘In the radicalized 1960s, neo-Marxists, including partisans of Louis Althusser, elevated the categories of the material and the social over those of the individual or the subjective.’
    • ‘Thus are we reduced by the neo-Marxists to the economic units proclaimed by Karl Marx himself.’
    • ‘This analysis, adopted by many neo-Marxists, is a good starting point for relating modernism to the late developments of capitalism.’
    • ‘He has the rhetoric of a neo-Marxist and as a matter of fact he was promoting struggle of class, he was promoting even problem of colors.’
    • ‘Warren rejected the belief held by most neo-Marxists during the twentieth century that exposure to capitalism has been detrimental for much of the Third World.’
    • ‘For the last 30 years or so, the neo-Marxists have relentlessly pummelled the frail strawman of patriarchy.’
    • ‘You had the peppy neo-Marxists, the serious paleo-Marxists, the dour quasi-Marxists, and, of course, the true believers, the Leninists.’
    • ‘Almost all of these blogs link to my own, so you won't find many neo-Marxists or vehemently anti-religious atheists on the list.’
    • ‘Unlike the neo-Marxists, the progressives deprecated subjects and supported projects, central themes, general studies and the like; their initial decline promised a revival of formal organised subjects.’
    • ‘It is important to emphasize that for neo-Marxists that situation is imposed upon poor countries by the wealthy capitalist states.’
    • ‘Too many gay neo-Marxists, clutching oppression like a security blanket, exhibit wrongheaded nostalgia for the days when gays were despised outcasts and thus seemed so special.’
    • ‘For instance, he classifies Bowles and Gintis, two Americans popular amongst leftist educationists in the mid-1970s, as Marxists; they might better be designated neo-Marxists.’
    • ‘Then we say, ‘Well, that wasn't really free-market capitalism,’ and it's the neo-Marxists all over again.’
    • ‘Halbersztadt and other neo-Marxists believe that eliminating IP is the only way to fight capitalism.’
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