Alex Callinicos


Alex Callinicos

Alexander Theodore Callinicos (born 24 July 1950 in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)) is a Marxist intellectual and a member of the Central Committee of the Socialist Workers Party.

Biography

He received his BA and DPhil from the University of Oxford, and was Professor of Politics at the University of York before being appointed Professor of European Studies at King's College London in September 2005. He is a member of the editorial board of "International Socialism" and is a British correspondent of "Actuel Marx". A prolific writer for both the revolutionary and the academic presses, he is a descendant of the famous historian Lord Acton. During World War II his father was active in the Greek Resistance to Nazi occupation, and his mother was a member of the British aristocracy. In 1977 he married Joanna Seddon, [ [http://www.thepeerage.com/p198.htm The Peerage.com] ] a fellow Oxford doctoral student and communist researcher who introduced him to key ideas in Utopian Socialism.Fact|date=June 2008

Callinicos first became involved in revolutionary politics as a student at Balliol College, Oxford, and his first writings for the International Socialists (forerunners of the SWP) was an analysis of the student movement of the period. His later writings soon established him in socialist and academic circles as an expert on southern Africa and the French philosopher Louis Althusser. A talented writer and speaker, by the early 1980s he was elected to the Central Committee of the SWP, a position he retains today. In recent years he has been responsible for the SWP’s international work, but he has seen a number of splits in the International Socialist Tendency’s affiliated groups.

He participated in the Counter-Summit to the IMF/World Bank Meeting in Prague, September 2000 and the demonstration against the G8 in Genoa, June 2001. He has also been involved in organising the Social Forum movement in Europe. He is a contributor to J. Bidet and E. Kouvelakis, eds., "Dictionnaire Marx Contemporain" (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2001), and has written a number of articles in "New Left Review". Callinicos has also been a scathing critic of postmodernism.

Works

Books

*1976: "Althusser's Marxism" (editor). London: Pluto Press. ISBN 0-90438-302-4
*1977: "Southern Africa after Soweto" (with John Rogers) (London: Pluto Press), ISBN 0-90438-342-3
*1981: "Southern Africa after Zimbabwe" (London: Pluto) ISBN 0-86104-336-7
*1982: "Is there a future for Marxism?" (London: Macmillan). ISBN 0-33328-477-1
*1983: "Marxism and Philosophy (Oxford Paperbacks)" (Oxford: Clarendon). ISBN 0-19876-126-0
*1983: [http://www.istendency.net/pdf/revideas.pdf "The revolutionary ideas of Karl Marx"] (London: Bookmarks). ISBN 0-90622-409-8
*1985: "South Africa: the road to revolution" (Toronto: International Socialists). ISBN 0-90599-855-3
*1985: "The great strike : the miners’ strike of 1984-5 and its lessons" (London: Socialist Worker) ISBN 0-90599-850-2
*1986: "The revolutionary road to Socialism" (London: Socialist Workers Party). ISBN 0-90599-853-7
*1987: "The changing working class: essays on class structure today" (with Chris Harman) (London: Bookmarks) ISBN 0-90622-440-3
*1988: "South Africa between reform and revolution" (London: Bookmarks). ISBN 0-90622-446-2
*1988: "Making history: agency, structure, and change in social theory" (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press). ISBN 0-80142-121-7
*1989: "Marxist Theory" (editor) (Oxford: Oxford University Press). ISBN 0-19827-294-4
*1990: [http://www.marxists.de/trotism/callinicos/index.htm "Trotskyism"] (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press). ISBN 0-81661-904-2
*1991: "The revenge of history: Marxism and the East European revolutions" ISBN 0-27100-767-2
*1991: "Against Postmodernism: a Marxist critique" (Cambridge: Polity Press). ISBN 0-31204-224-8
*1992: "Between apartheid and capitalism: conversations with South African socialists" (editor) (London: Bookmarks). ISBN 0-90622-468-3
*1994: "Marxism and the New Imperialism" (London ; Chicago, Ill. : Bookmarks). ISBN 0-90622-481-0
*1995: "Theories and narratives" (Cambridge: Polity Press). ISBN 0-74561-201-6
*1995: "Race and class" (London: Bookmark Publications). ISBN 0-90622-483-7
*1995: "Socialists in the trade unions" (London: Bookmarks) ISBN 1-89887-601-0
*1999: "Social theory: historical introduction" (New York: New York University Press). ISBN 0-81471-593-1
*2000: "Equality (Themes for the 21st Century)" (Cambridge: Polity Press). ISBN 0-74562-324-7
*2002: "Against the Third Way" (Cambridge: Polity Press). ISBN 0-74562-674-2
*2003: "An anti-Capitalist manifesto" (Cambridge: Polity Press). ISBN 0-74562-903-2
*2003: "New mandarins of American power: the Bush administration’s plans for the world" (Cambridge: Polity Press). ISBN 0-74563-274-2
*2006: "The resources of critique" (Cambridge: Polity). ISBN 0-74563-160-6

Articles

* [http://www.marxists.de/intsoctend/callinicos/isodoc.htm "The Anti-Capitalist Movement And The Revolutionary Left"]
* [http://www.isj.org.uk/index.php4?id=269 "The 'New Middle Class' and socialists"] (1983)
* [http://pubs.socialistreviewindex.org.uk/isj97/callinicos.htm "The grand strategy of the American Empire"]
* [http://www.istendency.net/pdf/CallinicosHolocaust.pdf "Plumbing the depths: Marxism and the Holocaust"]
* [http://www.isj.org.uk/index.php4?id=241 "Interview with Alex Callinicos: The Imperial Assault on the Middle East"]

References

External links

* [http://www.marxists.org/history/etol/writers/callinicos/index.htm Alex Callinicos Internet Archive]


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