chapter  1
Critical realism and Marxism
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In the Introduction to this book I have briefly set out the case for a realist (or emergentist)

ontology of the social world and those theoretical and methodological perspectives which are

consistent with it. This has been accomplished by presenting the conceptual and methodological

defects of the more influential misadventures in social theory of recent years (i.e. individualism,

holism and elisionism in their various guises) and by showing how analytical models rooted in

sociological emergentism overcome these.