The Amsterdam School, critical realism and the study of “deep structures”

Hubert Buch-Hansen, Juan Ignacio Staricco

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This chapter focuses on how structure is studied in Amsterdam School (AS) research and notes that such research has to a large extent not systematically explicated how to study structures empirically. It suggests that an alignment with critical realism could help to clarify AS's approach to social explanation. The transnationalization of class formation has become possible only as the relations of production have progressively transnationalized. Hence, in their empirical analyses, the AS scholars found it necessary to account for the main structural transformation that enables this process: the emergence of a globally integrated form of capitalism. Advancing a relational conceptualization of structures, critical realists regard social reality as stratified: in addition to a surface level of manifest events and phenomena, reality contains a deep layer of underlying structures. In this contribution, the authors have referred to the AS as if it were a currently existing 'school'.

TitelTransnational Capital and Class Fractions : The Amsterdam School Perspective Reconsidered
Antal sider5
Publikationsdato1 jan. 2018
ISBN (Trykt)9780815369592
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781351251938
StatusUdgivet - 1 jan. 2018
Udgivet eksterntJa

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