social formation

social formation

(MARXISM) an actually existing society in which one or more MODES OF PRODUCTION may be dominant. The concept was developed by Althusserian Marxists (see ALTHUSSER) to distinguish a specifically Marxian concept equivalent to SOCIETY but without its perceived ideological connotations. Since any one social formation may have more than one mode of production, the concept potentially allows for greater refinement of the analysis of the variety of historical instances. (Although Marx used the terms 'social formation’ and 'society’ more or less interchangeably, he used the latter more often, (Bottomore et al., 1983)).
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Taking this variability of native dress and its hybridity seriously, especially in the case of Egyptians who have traveled to the various neighboring countries or of the sons of villagers who have worked or received their education in the city, alerts us to the various levels of articulation both within and outside the social formation. It further suggests that power is diffuse or at least concentrated in different loci.
Being aware of the dialectical relationship between structure and history is essential for understanding the nature and defining characteristics of any social formation in which sustainable solutions are being sought to problems encountered, argues Hungarian native Meszaros (emeritus, philosophy, U.
The book is accessible to a general audience and would be a useful text for college classes that deal with either social formation or political process.
Knapp suggests that "cultural studies of older periods necessarily takes place in the problem space of the Gadamer-Habermas debate" (4), offering the sensible conclusion that historical change is "both created by those who participate in it and limited and occluded by the social formation, including the linguistic formation, in which they live" (7).
His account is, in fact, too stuck in the early modem period and therefore does not come to grips with the embryonic forms of modernization that emerged within the shell of an older social formation in mid-eighteenth century Bristol and its environs.
Morrison's representation of slave/black subjectivity-in-process shines a light through the cracks that appear in Althusser's theory as soon as it is applied to an actual social formation. Thus, after discussing Beloved, I close this essay with a critique of Althusser's "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses" and a discussion of improvisation as a model for human agency-in-resistance.(2)
Integrally linked with this development was the formation of new class fractions that eventually dominated the Egyptian social formation including the state apparatus.
The author concludes with a discussion of the potential political ramifications of a growing global middle class, particularly in the areas of economic insecurity and social formation. What holds true in the Moroccan case certainly has parallels elsewhere, making this well-documented study worthy of the attention of students not only of that country, but also of the many others currently undergoing one stage or another of the globalization experience.
English fairylore was traditionally bound up with normative concepts of a precapiralist social formation; thus, as England shifted from a rural, household-based mode of production to an urban, commercial, and increasingly mercantile economy, fairylore became a particularly apt vehicle for mystifying the profound socioeconomic changes of the early modern period.
Confino defines Sedan Day as a form of national imagining connected to the social formation of German liberalism between 1870 and 1890.
(and) never achieved legitimacy in the countryside."(17) Based directly on this narrow social formation, "the state was indeed little more than the executive committee of the landed-commercial ruling class." Having witnessed the 1919 revolution in Egypt, the rebellion of 1925-26 in Syria, and al-Wathbah (the leap or uprising) in Iraq in 1948, the Arab national bourgeoisie, frightened by the prospects of mass mobilization, "contented itself with largely peaceful protests in the cities" as the means by which to apply pressure on the imperialists.(19) Deprived of a mass base from which to confront the British, French and then the Americans, the bourgeoisie had to make compromises with imperialism that tarnished their nationalist credentials.
"The Social Formation of Racist Discourse." Goldberg, Anatomy 295-318.