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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Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Alex rated it really liked it Apr 25, If you have similar predilictions you will find it rewarding. If you had a personal account on the old platform, click here. The Utilitarian theory of action 3.

Jeff Vass rated it really liked it Jul 15, That work was already mostly in the public domain inand its absence here is a flaw. 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 historj the way the class struggle develops in given situations, and this depends on analysing agency.

Martin Empson rated it really liked it Apr 09, Interpretation and social theory 3. The process of change between “modes of production” is a second theme for Callinicos. Nation, state and military power 4.

I might push him on the problems with commodity fetishism p. As a historian, I am of course most interested in how this works on the ground, empirically, in the past. These days any leftist with a spine might feel a bit queasy about reading something by Alex Callinicos. Historical Materialism 1 – 10 of books. Practical reason and social structures Chapter 2 Structure and Action 2.


C rated it liked it Feb 08, Rather than being tied to the fixed repertoire of behaviour characteristic of other species, human productive activity is distinguished by its flexibility, by the indefinite variety of ways in which human beings may meet their needs by virtue of their cognitive capacities.

JRA rated it really liked it Nov 17, Callinicos has written an extended introduction to this new edition that reviews developments since Making History was first published in Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Making History: Agency, Structure, and Change in Social Theory by Alex Callinicos

Chapter 1 of this book deals with how human agency works. Librarian administrators click here. Guille rated it really liked it Jan 15, I will point out some more recent challenges, but overall the book stands very well. You could not be signed in. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and ca,linicos by publishing worldwide. Callinicos was influenced by Althusser early on, and this influence shows very clearly.

Mark Poster; Alex Callinicos. Seleno rated it it was amazing Jan 01, Kate Perkins rated it it was amazing Feb 17, Structural capacities and human action 2.

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. Chapter 5 analyses the rationality of revolution. Callinicos does an excellent job in drawing out their ideas and examining them through the Marxist lens.


He ends the chapter with his own attempt pp. Parisa Nasrabadi rated it liked it Feb 25, amking In this chapter he deals with even more. Sign In or Create an Account.

Open Preview See a Problem? Structure versus agency is an important issue in contemporary social theory.

Making History

Even setting out the arguments of the book is going to be a fairly abstract task. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? Chapter 4 comes back to consciousness, but it does so in a much more accessible form. Callinicos then shows how nationalism can be explained in Marxist terms though he does not try the same with genderand ends with a defence of the base-superstructure model, inside carefully defined limits.

This is not least, because the author is linked to a network of organised socialists trying to create change. This leads him to a discussion of how to understand language which is not only the most difficult section of the book, but also the most dated, for it precedes the immense amount of work that has been done on language in the post-structuralist tradition. It is worth it, all the same.

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

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. As such, even for those of us who have read a good deal of Marxist theory, it can be in places inaccessible.