Preface: From Avukah to Worker Self Management

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Robert F. Barsky


This article explains some of the forces that shaped some of Lawrence B. Cohen's ideas, most notably his involvement in Avukah and his association with Seymour Melman and Zellig Harris, key members and then directors of that organization. Cohen's ideas are then adopted into a general framework that Zellig Harris employed in his thinking about the transformation of capitalist society, outlined in a book by the same name.
avukah, barsky, melman, chomsky, Zellig Harris

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Barsky, R. F. (2016). Preface: From Avukah to Worker Self Management. AmeriQuests, 12(2), 1-11.
Author Biography

Robert F. Barsky, Vanderbilt University

Robert Barsky is the author or editor of numerous books on narrative and refugee law (Constructing a Productive Other: Discourse Theory and the Convention Refugee Hearing and Arguing and Justifying: Assessing the Convention Refugees' Choice of Moment, Motive and Host Country), on radical theory and practice (Noam Chomsky: A Life of Dissent and an edition of Anton Pannekoek's Workers Councils) on discourse and literary theory (Introduction à la théorie littéraire, an edited volume with Michael Holquist entitled Bakhtin and Otherness, an edited collection with Eric Méchoulan entitled The Production of French Criticism, and, most recently, an edited collection entitled Marc Angenot and the Scandal of History) and on translation -- in both theory and practice (including the translation of Michel Meyer's Philosophy and the Passions). He has been involved with a range of journals, including SubStance, for which he served as an editor, and he is the founder of 415 South Street, a literary magazine, and Discours social/Social Discourse. He is Professor of Comparative Literature, French and Italian, Vanderbilt University.