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Continuity and Rupture: Philosophy in the Maoist Terrain

312 pages
$38.95 (CAD)

A philosophical examination of the theoretical terrain of contemporary Maoism premised on the counter-intuitive assumption that Maoism did not emerge as a coherent theory until the end of the 1980s.


What People Are Saying

"This is a fascinating must-read and highly readable book; even if you disagree with the author’s arguments, you will reconsider much of the rhetoric that we take for granted regarding Maoism." Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

"Continuity  and  Rupture is  Moufawad-Paul’s  theorization  of  a political and revolutionary thought of today. This book offers an active framework for understanding the Maoist turn in Marxism, which the author grounds in a challenging vision of history and a necessity for social change." Julian Jason Haladyn, author of Boredom and Art

"Capitalism is headed for disaster. Any serious attempt to alter the course of history requires revolutionary theory. Whether you agree  with  J. Moufawad-Paul’s  conclusions  or  not,  this  book raises the questions we all need to ask." Gabriel Kuhn, author of Life Under the Jolly Roger and Turning Money Into Rebellion

"Calling  all  organizers,  anti-capitalists,  and  people  who  care about  anticolonial  struggle—this  book  is  for  you.  Beautifully clear, Moufawad-Paul lays out the concepts that we almost never get  to  learn  in  our  schools  or  in  our  social  movements—theconcepts  that  many  have  struggled  to  grasp  and  apply—the concepts that are necessary for revolution. Placing the tools of western philosophy in the service of explicating the significance and necessity of actually-existing Maoism, this book is an accessible and compelling primer in science, theory, philosophy, and revolution. This book is just in time. At its heart, it is an historical materialist  account  of  the  unfolding  of  revolutionary  praxis through  the  rupture  and  continuity  of  Marxist-Leninism and  Marxism-Leninism-Maoism.  Moufawad-Paul  begins  his periodization and clarification of Maoism from the revolutionary theory  of  the  Community  Party  of  Peru  and  the  Communist(Maoist)  Party  of  Afghanistan  situated  in  the  global  struggle against  capitalism-imperialism.  And  for  you,  eurocentric academic Marxists: you have been put on notice—you can’t say you haven’t been told." Rachel  Gorman,  Associate  Professor  in  Critical  Disability Studies, York University

"Moufawad-Paul’s Continuity  and  Rupture is  a  much  welcomed attempt to bring philosophical clarity to political debates which all too often are wrapped around vague terms at the expense of conceptual  clarity.  Its  central  thesis  claims  that  Maoism  is  a coherent theoretical development that both continues the revolutionary content of Leninist theory and breaks with its historical limitations, thus opening up a new set of theoretical possibilities ultimately  rooted  in  the  scientific  propositions  of  historical materialism.  It  is  a  provocative  thesis,  but  one  that  is  lucidly explored by Moufawad-Paul. This is a book that should renew interest  in  historically  concrete  forms  of  Marxist  theory  and produce spirited, but invaluable, debate on the nature of Maoism. Highly  recommended  for  both  practical  and  philosophical reasons!" Esteve  Morera,  author  of  Gramsci’s  Historicism and Gramsci, Materialism and Philosophy