Chris Wickham: A review of Alex Callinicos, Making History: Agency, Structure, and Change in Social Theory. This is an important book [Leiden: Brill, ]. Making History: Agency, Structure, and Change in Social Theory. By Alex Callinicos. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, p. $ – Volume 84 Issue. Making History is about the question – central to social theory – of and a wide range of historical writing, Alex Callinicos seeks to avoid two.
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A Cohen, but also the writings of revolutionary socialists like Chris Harman. Mehdi rated it alfx liked it Apr 30, Historical Materialism 1 – 10 of books. Chapter 2 does the same for structures.
Making History: Agency, Structure, and Change in Social Theory
Chapter 5 analyses the rationality of revolution. Historical Materialism Book SeriesVolume: Interests and powers Chapter 4 Ideology and Power 4. Agency, Structure and Change in Social Theory. Trivia About Making History: That work was already mostly in the public domain inand its clalinicos here is. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. The orthodox conception of agents 1.
He does not figure in maikng book though, again, Callinicos has discussed him elsewherebut his work is both rigorous in its discussion of the strategic framework of human action and also not as romantic as much hermeneutic theory.
Callinicos is trying, as Gerry Cohen did in the s G.
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American Historical Association members Sign in via society site. Marxism and the proletariat 5.
Jeff Vass rated it really liked it Jul 15, The reader may well find this book a challenge, but engagement with it hustory fully worth the effort.
Because Callinicos is more wide-ranging than Cohen, one has to work more—one succeeds in unpicking one sort of argument and technical vocabulary, and then one turns the page and he has started again with a different set of opponents cum building blocks.
Joe rated it really liked it Feb 26, Return to Book Page. It thus looks at debates that consider whether individuals have a collective interest in change, through, the “prisoner’s dilemma” and whether social revolution is “rational” from the point of view of individual workers. It is in this section that Callinicos’ is very clear. Making History is therefore very dense at points, and it’s hard to see where Callinicos is going when for example he spends the second chapter disputing minutiae of linguistic theory.
I do not follow him here, and I would need much xlex persuasion than he gives us here to do so. Fay rated it liked it Oct 17, The goal as I understand it is to present a theory of human agents in society that can both stand up to the rigor demanded by academic social science and conform to Marxist callinicoos and practice.
To do so the book takes on the state These days any leftist with a spine might feel a bit queasy about reading something by Alex Callinicos.
Refresh and try again. Callinicos is here trying, perhaps above all, to defend the proposition that one can understand the objective interests of human agents including collectivities of agentsand counterpose those to their empirically demonstrable wants.
However, as Trotsky once said of Plekhanov, “it does no harm to learn from him every now and then. I would argue that one could get between them in a hiwtory and noncontradictory way by invoking the strategic analyses of Pierre Bourdieu. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.
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Nation, state and military power 4. Email alerts New issue alert. Sometimes I felt that I was going though an unusually fast course in makinng philosophy.