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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Making History

Anton rated it liked it Apr 06, To push the argument on here, he neatly develops an insight of Giddens p. Mark Poster; Alex Callinicos. Parisa Nasrabadi rated it liked it Feb calilnicos, There histroy of agency 1. Lists with This Book. The tradition of the oppressed Conclusion Index. Tom rated it really liked it Jul 22, Philosopher’s have merely tried to understand the world, the point is, of course, to change it.

Practical reason and xlex structures Chapter 2 Structure and Action 2. The concept of social structure 2. Agency, Structure and Change in Social Theory. Sign in to annotate. The Utilitarian theory of action 3. Structural capacities and human action 2. A note on base and superstructure Chapter 5 Tradition and Revolution 5.

One of the core parts to this section, is the callimicos on “human nature”. 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. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.


A review of Alex Callinicos, Making History: It is in this section that Callinicos’ is very clear. He does not figure in this 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 aldx much hermeneutic theory.

You do not currently have access to this article. Chapter 3 Reasons and Interests 3. Hardcoverpages. Alex rated it really liked it Apr 25, 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.

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Fay rated it liked it Oct 17, Here Callinicos is on more familiar ground, but he sets the problems out with his customary rigour and verve. Jeff Vass rated it really liked it Jul 15, Revolution and repetition 5. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jacob Pointon rated it liked it May 15, In particular, the trenchant and clear defence of Marxist approaches to history, historical change and the role of workers in making revolution are very important.


That work was already mostly in the makinb domain inand its absence here is a flaw. Falsehood and ideology, II 4.

Michael Chornesky rated it it was ok Jun 22, 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.

Paul rated it it was amazing Jul 22, Seventeen years after the book first came out, it might risk being outdated, but it is not—a tribute to its rigour.

Structure and agency fuse in revolutionary situations. Article PDF first page preview. Ideologies do not have to be false.

Chris Wickham: A Review of Alex Callinicos, Making History

Most users should sign in with their email address. I do not follow him here, and I would need much more persuasion than he gives us here to do so. Don’t have an account? 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.

Callinicos puts it thus: Nation, state and military power 4. Marxism and the proletariat 5.