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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He is always interesting. These days any leftist with a spine might feel a bit queasy about reading something by Alex Callinicos. A review of Alex Callinicos, Making History: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Here, classes do not require consciousness to exist, although collectivities do. Sign in to annotate. The Utilitarian theory of action 3. Vallinicos and the hermeneutic tradition 3. Lists with This Book. Structure versus agency is an important issue in contemporary social theory.

C rated it liked it Feb 08, Mark Poster; Alex Callinicos. Czllinicos theories of dominant ideologies do not work, for there are always contrary ideologies in working class or peasant culture, irreducible to ruling class values. Fay rated it liked it Oct 17, I would argue that one could get between them in a constructive and noncontradictory way by invoking the strategic analyses of Pierre Bourdieu.

For instance, the roles of say the bourgeoisie during bourgeois revolutions is very different from that of workers in proletarian revolutions.


I liked the result a lot. Joe rated it really liked it Feb 26, Charlie Burton rated it really liked it Sep 02, Nation, state and military power 4. Historical Materialism Book SeriesVolume: This is the start of an attack on one of the major targets of the book, the methodological individualism of Max Weber and, most recently, maaking rational-choice Marxists, who argue precisely this last point.

Structural capacities and human amking 2. Email alerts New issue alert. You could not be signed in.

It deals with debates and polemics within the academic world of social theory that most casual readers will not be aware of. Chapter 2 argues that structural analysisand explanation are both possible andnecessary, against rational-choice Marxism, which is not only individualist but essentially undynamic especially pp.

But he does not makig 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. I might push him on the problems with commodity fetishism p. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. Biographical Note Alex CallinicosD. You would need a philosophy degree to find them straightforward—I am a historian, so I certainly found I had problems.

Librarian administrators click here. Nathan Renault rated it really liked it Sep 14, Callinicos makibg written an extended introduction to this new edition that reviews developments since Making History was first published in 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 hitory to their empirically demonstrable wants.


It thus callinicox 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 calljnicos of view of individual workers. This republication gives a new generation of readers access to an important intervention in Marxism and social theory.

I was with Callinicos all the way in all these arguments, and he covers an amazing amount of ground in 50 pages.

Making History: Agency, Structure, and Change in Social Theory

This is not least, because the author is linked to a network of organised socialists trying to create change. To push the argument on here, he neatly develops an insight of Giddens p. Hardcoverpages. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. Chapter 3 is the hardest to characterise, as it is not only the most abstract, but also moves so fast across so much terrain.

Chris Wickham: A Review of Alex Callinicos, Making History

Sign In Forgot password? In his introduction to the second edition, however, especially p. Michael Chornesky rated maikng it was ok Jun 22, Mehdi rated it really liked it Apr 30, Open Preview See a Problem?