Beyond Globalization: Capitalism, Territoriality and the by Hannes Lacher

By Hannes Lacher

Hannes Lacher offers a brand new severe social thought of diplomacy that integrates sociology, background and political geography to appreciate the formation and improvement of contemporary foreign relations.

Far from implying a go back to state-centrist Realism, this crucial new quantity leads us in the direction of a serious social conception of diplomacy that questions the present conceptions of the trendy foreign political financial system as a set of nationally bounded areas extra essentially than ever prior to. It additionally indicates us that capitalist modernity itself used to be, from the start, characterised via the dualism of worldwide financial integration and the fragmentation of political house, which really stems from the divergent origins of capitalism and territorial sovereignty.

This booklet might be of serious curiosity to al scholars of ancient sociology, political geography, diplomacy and political science.

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13 (Kocka 1985: 139–40) Contemporary critics of Marxism like Ruggie seem to continue to partake in this misunderstanding. Similarly, while Marx is adamant that idealism cannot yield an explanation of historical development, it should be noted that the ‘idealism’ he criticized was not one which asserts that norms, values or ideas influence social processes, as traditional Weberians and contemporary ‘constructivists’ claim (cf. Wendt 1999: 92–6). The possibility of ‘ideal interests’ or ‘ideas’ intervening in the historical process is not one that Marx precludes (or that historical materialists must preclude).

The point of historical materialism was never (or perhaps more accurately, should never have been) that ‘the economy’ dominates always and everywhere, and that every aspect of social life has to be ‘reduced’ to economic or, more generally, material factors. Unfortunately, the issue cannot be allowed to rest at this point. For if Marx himself, and many historical materialists, readily allow for the operation of multiple causes in accounting for the determination of particular social outcomes, there is in their approach a less immediate, but nonetheless palpable reliance on explanatory mechanisms that do indeed privilege economic changes when structural transformations (in particular those between different historical types of societal organization) are concerned.

Hardly. Though there are many Marxists who may subscribe to such economistic views, they are not necessarily inherent in the structure of Marx’s work. At least according to Antonio Gramsci, the claim, presented as an essential postulate of historical materialism, that every fluctuation of politics and ideology can be presented and expounded as an immediate expression of the structure [the ‘economic base’], must be contested in theory as primitive infantilism, and debated in practice with the authentic testimony of Marx, the author of concrete political and historical works.

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