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.

chapter |10 pages


chapter 1|60 pages

Critical realism and Marxism

chapter 3|62 pages

Subjects, actors and agents

chapter 4|73 pages

Structure, power and conflict