historical materialism


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historical materialism

n.
A major tenet in the Marxist theory of history that regards material economic forces as the base on which sociopolitical institutions and ideas are built.

historical materialism

n
(Sociology) the part of Marxist theory maintaining that social structures derive from economic structures and that these are transformed as a result of class struggles, each ruling class producing another, which will overcome and destroy it, the final phase being the emergence of a communist society

histor′ical mate′rialism


n.
the part of dialectical materialism dealing with historical process and social causation; the doctrine that social thought and institutions develop as a superstructure on an economic base.
[1920–25]
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I deliberately stress the word revitalize to reassert the view that underpinned Marx's own doctoral dissertation on Epicurean vitalism and dissipate commonly held views of historical materialism as an irredeemably deterministic and anthropocentric framework (see Burns, 2000; Foster, 2000, chapter 4).
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