Marxist Sociology - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Sociology

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Origins


All forms of Marxist sociology trace themselves to the general theoretical approach of historical materialism as developed by Marx and Engels (Marx and Engels 1978; Bottomore and Goode 1983; Bottomore et al. 1983). Standard accounts of Marx's theoretical program stress that it does not constitute a unified system so much as diverse, though interrelated, modes of theorizing.

  • Early writings that outline a theory of philosophical critique, an analysis of alienated labor, and a normative vision of human emancipation;
  • A general sociology in the form of historical materialism (i.e., a theory of modes of production) as an approach to historical evolution;
  • A specific account of capitalism and its economic contradictions deriving from this general theory; and
  • A political philosophy and theory of praxis concerned with translating objective crisis tendencies in capitalism into a revolutionary transformation that would bring about a new form of "socialist" and eventually "communist" society (Giddens 1971, pp...

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