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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Philosopher’s have merely tried to understand the world, the point is, of course, to change it.
Fay rated it liked it Oct 17, To do so the book takes on the state theorists who were contemporary at the time such as Giddens, Skocpol and Mann, as well as the attempt to frame Marxism in an analytic or rational-choice model as attempted by Cohen and Elster. Jeff Vass rated it really liked it Jul 15, Sign in to annotate. He accepts that there will indeed be crisis situations in which the slowly developing productive forces will come into contradiction with the relations of production, but says that how these are actually resolved will depend on the way the class struggle develops in given situations, and this depends on analysing agency.
Rather than looking for fixed points of human behaviour, he sees a dynamically changing world where humans interact with each other, and with nature to create the world they inhabit.
Making History is about the question – central to social theory alxe of how human agents draw their powers from the social structures they are involved in. Callinicos also rejects hermeneutic traditions of understanding human motivations as being too tied up with the belief that human action cannot be explained by scientific principles.
Don’t nistory an account? Historical Materialism Book SeriesVolume: Interpretation and social theory 3. The process of change between “modes of production” is a second theme for Callinicos. Guille rated it really liked it Jan 15, Want to Read saving….
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Joe rated it really liked it Feb 26, Newer Post Older Post Home. Agency, Structure, and Change in Social Theory. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. Seventeen years after the book first came out, it might risk being outdated, but it is not—a tribute to its rigour. Benjamin and Sartre 5. Callinicos has as his main aim an exploration of how an understanding of structural analysis and an understanding of agency—why and how people make the choices they make—can be compatible.
Alex rated it really liked it Apr 25, James Foley rated it it was amazing Jul 29, Chapter 5 analyses the rationality of revolution. To ask other readers questions about Making Historyplease sign up. You could not be signed in. As such, even for those of us who have read a good deal of Marxist theory, it can be in places inaccessible.
Refreshingly, makihg book’s defence of the need for working class revolution, breaks with the academic debates that Callinicos has ably intervened in. But he does not put anything in their place, so as to help us understand the actions of people in other cultures, which in practice are generally based on alien principles and of course are also expressed in alien languages.
Seleno rated it it was amazing Jan maikng, Brill, ], though not an easy one. 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.
He has written widely about Marxism and social theory. The orthodox conception of agents 1.
Callinicos was influenced by Althusser early on, and this influence shows very clearly. Mark Poster; Alex Callinicos. Sep 21, Bill Crane rated it really liked it.
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Making History: Agency, Structure, and Change in Social Theory
It is worth it, all the same. Ole rated it really liked it Dec 06, Callinicos has written an extended introduction to this new edition that reviews developments since Making History was first published in These days any leftist with a spine might feel a bit queasy about reading something by Alex Callinicos. Here Callinicos is on more familiar ground, but he sets the problems out with his customary rigour and verve.