Raya Dunayevskaya is one of the twentieth century's great but underappreciated Marxist and feminist thinkers. Her unique philosophy and practice of Marxist-Humanism-as well as her grasp of Hegelian dialectics and the deep humanism that informs Marx's thought-has much to teach us today. From her account of state capitalism (part of her socio-economic critique of Stalinism, fascism, and the welfare state), to her writings on Rosa Luxemburg, Black and women's liberation, and labor, we are offered indispensable resources for navigating the perils of sexism, racism, capitalism, and authoritarianism. This collection of essays, from a diverse group of writers, brings to life Dunayevskaya's important contributions. Revisiting her rich legacy, the contributors to this volume engage with her resolute Marxist-Humanist focus and her penetrating dialectics of liberation that is connected to Black, labor, and women's liberation and to struggles over alienation and exploitation the world over. Dunayevskaya's Marxist-Humanism is recovered for the twenty-first century and turned, as it was with Dunayevskaya herself, to face the multiple alienations and de-humanizations of social life.
Kevin B. Anderson is Professor of Sociology, Political Science and Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. His previous books include Lenin, Hegel, and Western Marxism (1995), Foucault and the Iranian Revolution (with Janet Afary, 2005), and Marx at the Margins (2010/2016). Kieran Durkin is Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellow at University of York, UK and has been a Visiting Scholar at University of California Santa Barbara, where he studied the Humanist Marxist tradition. He is author of The Radical Humanism of Erich Fromm (2014) and Erich Fromm's Critical Theory (co-edited with Joan Braune, 2020). Heather A. Brown is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Westfield State University, USA. She has written widely on Marxism, feminism, and ecology and is the author of Marx on Gender and the Family: A Critical Study (2012).