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ISBN 9780367866068
Published December 10, 2019 by Routledge
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Postmarxism is often depicted as a point of intersection for a set of inter-disciplinary theories that are in themselves complex and dense.



Bringing the postmarxist theory of Ernesto Laclau into the field of political sociology through a close reading and analysis of postmarxism and its relationship to ‘the social’, A Sociology of Postmarxism develops key postmarxist arguments in an engaging and sociologically applicable way. Indeed, through a threefold method of analysis, Howson first unpacks the relationship between ‘the social’ and ‘the political’ by analysing key allied theories to show where the points of connection occur. This is then followed by an insightful analysis of the key features of postmarxist theory such as antagonism and the inevitability of social dislocation, the political importance of hegemony; and the empty signifier thesis and equivalence to show how such theory can be applied at a sociological level. Finally, through the use of sociological categories such as masculinities, migration and social capital, the foregoing theoretical analyses are synthesised to show the social nature of postmarxism and particularly in the context of aspiration and co-operation.



This enlightening volume will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers who are interested in fields such as Political Sociology, Post Marxist Political Theory and Social Theory.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



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Chapter One: Introduction



Why The Social?



Why Postmarxism?



Why Postmarxism and Social capital



Chapter Two: From the Social to the Political



Introduction



The Social in Historical Materialism



Setting out a Post- Terrain



Sociology and The Social in Postmarxism



Counter-Positions of The Social



Chapter Three: Classical Approaches to The Social



Introduction



The Sociological project and the Emergence of Positivism



Karl Marx: Logic to Contradiction to Mediation



Emile Durkheim: Moral Positivism and Mediation



Max Weber: From Rationality to Irrationality as Social Mediation



Chapter Four: Establishing a Basis for Postmarxism



Introduction



The New Priority



The Social as ‘Sedimentation’ and The Political as ‘Reactivation’



Chapter Five: From Antagonism to Equivalence



Introduction



Antagonism as the Limit of Social Objectivity



"You Can Only Free Somethings …": Hegemony and The Political



Hegemony and the Constitution of Equivalence



Chapter Six: Finding The Political in Social Capital



Introduction



What is Social Capital?



Forms of Social Capital



Social Capital and The Political



Chapter Seven: Desert - Migration as Social Dislocation



Introduction



Quantity and Composition of Global Migration



Migration and (Post)Industrialisation



Foundational Approaches to Migration



Definitional Problematics



Causation Theories



Continuation Theories



Postmarxism and Migration



Chapter Eight: Aspiration – Hegemonic Masculinity as Emptiness



Introduction



Gender Antagonism in the Modernity-Postmodernity Tens

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Author(s)

Biography



Richard Howson is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Wollongong