Marxism and Realism: A Materialistic Application of Realism in the Social Sciences, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Marxism and Realism

A Materialistic Application of Realism in the Social Sciences, 1st Edition

By Sean Creaven


336 pages

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This book rethinks Marx's sociology as a form of realist social theory, extending Roy Bhaskar's philosophical realism into the social sciences. By constructing historical materialism as realist social theory, it becomes possible to resolve many long standing dilemmas in Marxist discourse, such as voluntarism versus determinism and humanism versus economism.


'Sean Craven's book-length treatment of the over-lapping fields of Marxism and critical realism is … an intervention into a much debated set of questions over which there is little agreement. This, in itself, makes his work an important contribution, to be welcomed and engaged with by non-Marxist critical realists, Marxist critical realists, and non-critical-realist Marxists alike.' - Historical Materialism

'This is a bold and ambitious work which engages in detail and at length in a wide variety of issues and literatures.' - Historical Materialism

Table of Contents



Part I: Critical Realism and Marxism

Part II: Organisms, Subjects and Society

Part III: Subjects, Actors and Agents

Part IV: Structure Power and Conflict


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General