Nearly half a century after his death, Ernesto "Che" Guevara remains a compelling and controversial figure. He was an original social theorist, and many of his writings attest to an innovative interpretation of various concepts and commitments central to Marxist thought. This is one of the first works to comprehensively consider his contribution to social and political theory for a student audience.
Firstly, the book provides thorough and reliable accounts of the key theses, concepts and commitments that give Che Guevara's theoretical, and political, orientation its distinctive character. It addresses Guevara's views on topics such as work, morality in socialism, egalitarianism, prefigurative politics, internationalism, and the process of "disembourgeoisement". Secondly, the study situates Guevara's ideas within the context of the Marxist theoretical tradition and, on the other hand, twentieth-century Latin American social thought. To this end, it will explore both the affinities and dissimilarities between Guevara's views on certain fundamental questions and the views represented by such figures as Marx, Lenin, Herbert Marcuse and Jose Carlos Mariategui. Finally, The Political Thought of Che Guevara will provide critical assessments of Che's key ideas, many of which remain relevant to contemporary debates in socialist theory.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International
Number of pages: 196
Weight: 467 g
Dimensions: 235 x 163 x 22 mm
This remarkable essay is a reliable and insightful guide to Guevara's thought and to his legacy for the Socialism of the 21st Century. One can easily conclude from this analysis of Guevara's Marxist Humanism and revolutionary ethics, how little he had to do with Stalinism, and how much he had in common with the Latin American Marxist tradition initiated by Jose Carlos Mariategui. -- Michael Loewy, author of The Marxism of Che Guevara
Llorente's book provides a fascinating examination of Guevara's political ideas on revolution, anti-imperialism, socialist construction, consciousness and social-relations. The author frames Guevara in relation to radical social theory. Llorente has extensive knowledge of Guevara's writings and speeches and explores these drawing out connections with the work of Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Lukacs, and others who have contributed to Marxist theory and socialist praxis. -- Helen Yaffe, Economic History Fellow, London School of Economics
This is an important reading of Che's life and work and a major contribution to our understanding of Che's political theory. Further, it is. indispensable for all those open to the possibility of "being like Che" arriving as it does at a time when "being like Che" carries with it a special political and moral urgency. -- Peter McLaren, Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, Chapman University