On the history and politics of the social turn

Weber, Martin (2015) On the history and politics of the social turn. Review of International Studies, 41 4: 693-714. doi:10.1017/S0260210515000200

Author Weber, Martin
Title On the history and politics of the social turn
Journal name Review of International Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0260-2105
Publication date 2015-01-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0260210515000200
Volume 41
Issue 4
Start page 693
End page 714
Total pages 22
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The emergence of social theory is closely linked to the transformations inaugurated by the rise of a distinctly capitalist modernity from the second half of the eighteenth century onwards. In this article, I reconstruct the outlines of two strands of social theorising that emerged in response to the radical challenges posed by ‘the great transformation’ on the one hand, and the French Revolution on the other. I juxtapose two responses to the transnational constellations these events signify, one heralded by Auguste Comte, and the other, inter alia, by Karl Marx. While the Comtean frame obliterates meaningful registers of thinking about political transformation, I argue that conflict-theoretic tradition indebted to G. W. F. Hegel and Marx is much more amenable to analytical and practical concerns with responding politically to the challenges posed by ‘the rise of the social’. In the final part, this is discussed with reference to the ‘social turn’ in IR theory.
Keyword International Social Theory
Critical theory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Thu, 16 Jul 2015, 02:24:37 EST by Martin Weber on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies