Theorizing the International: Where is Class Conflict?

Hughes, David (2018) Theorizing the International: Where is Class Conflict? In: 5th EISA European Workshops in International Studies.

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Abstract

Theorizations of 'the international' by historical sociologists in IR have, despite their protestations, notoriously fallen foul of realism (Davenport 2013) and mistake Trotksy's "uneven and combined development" for a theorem rather than a theory (van der Pijl 2015). The central (global) theory of Trotsky's oeuvre, is in fact that of "permanent revolution," the most important still current theory of class conflict. The failures of historical sociology in IR reflect a broader deficiency in IR/IPE, namely, an inability to theorize class conflict (Smith 1996; Morton 2006). This paper records the ways in which class conflict has been suppressed in three "critical" theories: neo-Gramscianism, Critical Theory, and constructivism. In the process, the greatest global theory of all - Marxism - has been marginalized, caricatured, and abused in IR since the end of the Cold War.

Keywords:Marxism, "The International", International historical sociology, Class Conflict, IR theory
Subjects:L Social studies > L250 International Relations
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:34039
Deposited On:06 Nov 2018 13:01

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