John Holloway: The Theory of Interstitial Revolution

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In this chapter, I discuss Holloway’s theory of interstitial revolution. I start with an account of John Holloway’s life and intellectual trajectory over a forty-year period. Then, I present and examine several components of his theory of interstitial revolution, presented in his two books Change the World Without Taking Power. The meaning of revolution today (2002) and Crack Capitalism (2010). These are: Marxism as a theory of struggle; fetishization, form and totality; classification, class struggle and the revolutionary subject; doing, practical negativity and anti-power. I conclude that Holloway has turned the page to both a new Marxism and a new thinking about revolution. Both have their roots in a long-term process of theoretical development where Holloway found his own voice by collaborating with fellow critical theorists within the Conference of the Socialists Economists (UK), Open Marxism and the University of Puebla, Mexico. For critical theory as a critique of capital, Holloway’s work is ground breaking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory
EditorsWerner Bonefeld, Beverley Best, Chris O'Kane
Place of PublicationThousand Oaks, U. S. A.
PublisherSage Publications
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781473953345
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018

Bibliographical note

Ana Cecilia Dinerstein (PhD) is Associate Professor of Sociology in the department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath, UK. She has written books, chapters, articles and blogs for academic and non-academic audiences on issues of labour subjectivity; urban, rural and indigenous movements; autonomous organising; Argentine and Latin American politics; Marxism; utopia, hope and Ernst Bloch’s philosophy. She was editor of Capital & Class (2000-2005) and is a member of the advisory boards of Historical Materialism (London) and Sociología del Trabajo (Madrid). She is Research Partner of the New Politics Project (2016-2020), Transnational Institute (Amsterdam), and Creator and Convenor of the international Research Activist Network Women on the Verge. Her main publications include The Labour Debate (Ashgate 2002), translated into Turkish (Otonom 2006) and Spanish (Herramienta 2009), The Piqueteros Road (Capital Intelectual 2010); The Politics of Autonomy in Latin America: The Art of Organising Hope (Palgrave Macmillan 2015), and Social Sciences for An-Other Politics: Women Theorising without Parachutes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).


  • Abstract labour
  • Adorno
  • Bloch
  • cracks
  • doing
  • John Holloway
  • Conference of Socialist Economists
  • interstitial revolution
  • Open Marxism
  • theory of struggle
  • Zapatistas


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