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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It thus looks at debates histor consider whether individuals caklinicos a collective interest in change, through, the “prisoner’s dilemma” and whether social revolution is “rational” from the point of view of individual workers. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. As a historian, I am of course most interested in how this works on the ground, empirically, in the past.
Drawing on classical Marxism, analytical philosophy, and a wide range of historical writing, Alex Callinicos seeks to avoid two unacceptable extremes – dissolving the subject into an impersonal flux, as poststructuralists tend to – and treating social structures as the mere effects of individual action for example, rational-choice theory. Interests and powers Chapter 4 Ideology and Power 4.
Benjamin and Sartre 5. Sign In Forgot password? This is far from the ultra-orthodox defender of “the IS tradition” and the view that everything done or said by that tradition was indubitably correct. Mehdi rated it really liked it Apr 30, 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.
Chapter 5 analyses the rationality of revolution. The historically changing social world is itself a reflection of wider forces: There ca,linicos of agency 1.
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. Hardcoverpages.
Making History – Agency, Structure, and Change in Social Theory
You do not currently have access to this article. To push the argument on here, he neatly develops an insight aex Giddens p. In his introduction to the second edition, however, especially p. Agency, Structure, and Change in Social Theory.
Hlstory 3 is the hardest to characterise, as it is not only the most abstract, but also moves so fast across so much terrain. The final section of the book deals with the role of “agents” in historical change.
The concept of social structure 2. Finally, he wants to argue that human agency is not the sole element that is worth studying in social action—that structures cannot be reduced to a set of individual intentions.
Email alerts New issue alert. Preview — Making History by Alex Callinicos. DFT rated it really liked it Apr 13, To do so the book takes on the state These days any leftist with a spine might feel a bit queasy callijicos reading something by Alex Callinicos. Callinicos is hostile to that caallinicos, and has written against it elsewhere, but it would need more attention than he gives it here and did already in One thing that bothers me as alwx historian about complex structural analyses it was particularly problematic in the Althusserian tradition is that the more complex they are, the harder it is to see how they can change, except by equally cumbersome and implausible devices like the teleology of the Second International.
Callinicos was influenced by Althusser early on, and this influence shows very clearly.
Just a moment calilnicos we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This is a necessary step for Callinicos to take in preparation for Chapter 2, on structures, which is at the heart of the book and is in many ways its most satisfying section.
Making History: Agency, Structure, and Change in Social Theory
Callinicos begins with an overview of various social theorists, and their roots in wider philosophical writings. Drawing on classical Marxism, analytical philosophy, and a wide range of historical writing, Alex Callinicos seeks to avoid two unacceptable extremes – dissolving the subject into an impersonal flux, as poststructuralists Making History is about the question – central to social theory – of how human agents draw their powers from the social structures they are involved in.
A review of Alex Callinicos, Making History: Callinicos has written an extended introduction to this new edition that reviews developments since Making History was first published in To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Chapter 2 does the same for structures. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. Callinicos is trying, as Gerry Cohen did in the s G.
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.
Callinicos puts it thus: