Gramsci, Historical Materialism and International Relations

Gramsci, Historical Materialism and International Relations

Paperback Cambridge Studies in International Relations (Paperback)

Edited by Stephen Gill, Series edited by Steve Smith, Series edited by Thomas Biersteker, Series edited by Chris Brown, Series edited by Phil Cerny, Series edited by Alex Danchev, Series edited by Joseph M. Grieco, Series edited by John Groome, Series edited by Richard A. Higgott, Series edited by G. John Ikenberry


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  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 24mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1993
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521435234
  • ISBN 13: 9780521435239
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 709,085

Product description

The essays collected here relate the writings of Antonio Gramsci and others to the contemporary reconstruction of historical materialist theories of international relations. The contributors analyse the contradiction between globalising and territorially-based social and political forces in the context of past, present and future world orders, and view the emerging world order as undergoing a structural transformation, a 'triple crisis' involving economic, political and 'socio-cultural' change. The prevailing trend of the 1980s and early 1990s toward the marketisation and commodification of social relations leads the contributors to argue that socialism needs to be redefined away from the totalising visions associated with Marxism-Leninism, towards the idea of the self-defence of society and social choice to counter the disintegrating and atomising effects of globalising and unplanned market forces.

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' ... overall very interesting and provocative, (this collection of essays) is an attempt to both vindicate the 'Gramscian' orientation as a fruitful approach to the study of international relations and to normalize it within the mainstream of research ... quite a number of the chapters present fresh, important arguments and radical perspectives regarding current problems of the emerging dispensation in world politics.' International Affairs

Table of contents

Preface Stephen Gill; Part I. Philosophical and Theoretical Reflections: 1. Epistemology, ontology and the 'Italian School' Stephen Gill; 2. Gramsci, hegemony and international relations: an essay in method Robert Cox; 3. Alienation, capitalism and the inter-state system: toward a Marxian/Gramscian critique Mark Rupert; 4. Global hegemony and the structural power of capital Stephen Gill and David Law; Part II. Past, Present and Future: 5. Gramsci and international relations: a general perspective with examples from recent US policy toward the Third World Enrico Augelli and Craig Murphy; 6. The three hegemonies of historical capitalism Giovanni Arrighi; 7. The hegemonic transition in East Asia: a historical perspective Barry Gills; 8. Internationalisation and democratisation: southern Europe, Latin America and the world economic crisis Otto Holman; 9. Soviet socialism and passive revolution Kees Van Der Pijl; 10. Structural issues of global governance Robert Cox.