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on 8 December 2012
Elliot starts using Althusser's conceptual terms without bothering to explain them , he seems to believe (wrongly) that their meaning is obvious given the context used.I believe the book has been written for someone with prior knowledge of Althusser's work and with the 'right' academic background (not a book for commoners). Because of this I recommend the beginner start with Luke Ferretter's 'Lois Althusser' before tackling this work. The strong point for the book is it's comprehensiveness:the weak point is that Elliot isn't going to win any prizes for plain writing. Personally I'm reluctant to recommend any book on Marxism that is as inaccessible to most members of the working class as this is ,but if you seek status as a member of the intelligentsia ,and you have the academic background required to understand it, then go for it and if not then do some background reading before tackling this text. it's good point is that it's very comprehensive and covers all of Althusser's phases and changes.