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Beyond capitalism and liberal democracy: On the relevance of G.D.H. Cole’s sociological critique and alternative

Masquelier, C and Dawson, M (2015) Beyond capitalism and liberal democracy: On the relevance of G.D.H. Cole’s sociological critique and alternative Current Sociology.

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Abstract

This paper argues for a return to the social thought of the often ignored early 20th Century English thinker G.D.H. Cole. Cole combined a sociological critique of capitalism and liberal democracy with a well developed alternative in his work on Guild Socialism bearing particular relevance to advanced capitalist societies. Both of these, with their focus on the limitations on ‘free and unfettered service’ in associations and the inability of capitalism to yield emancipation in either production or consumption, are relevant to social theorists looking to understand, critique and contribute to the subversion of neoliberalism. Therefore, we suggest that Cole’s associational sociology, and the invitation it provides to think of formations beyond capitalism and liberal democracy, is a timely and valuable resource which should be returned to. Keywords:

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
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AuthorsEmailORCID
Masquelier, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dawson, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 11 June 2015
Identification Number : 10.1177/0011392115588354
Additional Information : Copyright 2015 Sage Publications.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 Sep 2015 14:43
Last Modified : 16 Sep 2015 14:43
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/807605

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