Sex, Money and Power: The Transformation of Collective Life
October 2004, Polity
Bill Jordan sets out to explain the particular attractions of
this vision of freedom, equality and harmony. He traces its appeal
to a formula for human institutions which emerged with the birth of
the social sciences. Sex, money and political authority glued
together these changing accounts of the collective world.
We are still seduced by the idea that personal autonomy and the
moral sovereignty of individuals can make up a well-functioning
social order. But, he argues, our present global institutions shut
out the majority of the world’s population, who are left to
rely on quite different bonds, of blood, soil and faith.
This book will be essential reading for students and scholars of sociology and social policy, as well as of the humanities in general. It will also be compelling reading for anyone who is interested in human relationships and modern society.
Chapter One: Inside the Web.
Chapter Two: Intimate Connections.
Chapter Three: Sex and Self-Improvement.
Chapter Four: The Nature of Change.
Chapter Five: One the Move: Mobility as the Basis for Freedom.
Chapter Six: Keep Out: Organizations, Boundaries and Exclusions.
Chapter Seven: Organizations and Power.
Chapter Eight: Power and World Poverty.
Chapter Nine: Power, Passion and Loyalty.
Chapter Ten: Connections and Conclusions.
- Presents a highly original new way of thinking about modern societies and human relationships.
- Written by a leading professor of Social Policy
- Contains numerous first hand interviews and everyday examples
Sociology; Lisa Smyth, Queens University Belfast
"Sex Money and Power is a wonderfully written reflection on the
meaning of our individual lives and their relation to a wider
social context. In an unconvential but poignant way, it uses
autobiography, social theory and historical narrative to confront
the great gods of our time, and the processes that bind us to them.
A humorous, quirky subtle, insightful and provocative look at
questions that should be taxing us all, this work connects the
personal and the social in a flowing and compelling
Saladin Meckled-Garcia, University College London