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Contemporary Political Sociology: Globalization, Politics and Power

ISBN: 978-1-4443-3075-5
304 pages
February 2010, ©2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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This fully revised and updated introduction to political sociology incorporates the burgeoning literature on globalization and shows how contemporary politics is linked to cultural issues, social structure and democratizing social action.

  • New material on global governance, human rights, global social movements, global media
  • New discussion of democracy and democratization
  • Clearly lays out what is at stake in deciding between alternatives of cosmopolitanism, imperialism and nationalism
  • Includes additional discussion of the importance of studying culture to political sociology

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1. Changing Definitions of Politics and Power.

1.1 The Marxist Tradition of Political Sociology.

1.2 The Weberian Tradition of Political Sociology.

1.3 The Durkheimian Tradition of Political Sociology.

1.4 Focauldian Definitions of Power and Politics.

1.5 Cultural Politics.

2. Politics in a Small World.

2.1 Explaining Globalization.

2.2 State Transformation and Imperialism.

2.3 We are the World?

3. Social Movements.

3.1 Resource Mobilization Theory and Beyond.

3.2 New Social Movement Theory: Conflict and Culture.

3.3 Toward a Synthesis: The Definition of “Social Movement”.

3.4 Global Social Movements.

4. Citizenship.

4.1 T. H. Marshall: Citizenship, Social Class, and the Nation-State.

4.2 Citizenship, Wealth, and Poverty.

4.3 Citizenship, Sex, and Sexuality.

4.4 Citizenship, Racialization, and Ethnicity.

4.5 Post-National Citizenship?

5. Globalization and Democracy.

5.1 Democracy in Crisis: Political Parties and Elections.

5.2 Democracy, Human Rights, and International Political Institutions.

5.3 Global Civil Society.

5.4 Democracy and Cultural Politics.

Glossary.

References.

Index.

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Kate Nash is Reader in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, Faculty Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University, and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy at Goldsmiths. She recently published The Cultural Politics of Human Rights: Comparing the US and UK (2009), she is editor (with Alan Scott and Anna Marie Smith) of New Critical Writings in Political Sociology (2009), and she is currently editing (with Alan Scott and Edwin Amenta) The New Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology.
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  • Fully revised and updated to take into account the growing work in political sociology on globalization
  • New material on global governance, human rights, global social movements, and global media
  • New discussion of democracy and democratization
  • Clearly lays out what is at stake in deciding between alternatives of cosmopolitanism, imperialism, and nationalism
  • Includes additional discussion of the importance of studying culture to political sociology
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"There is, to date, no better critical review of the current field of politics than Kate Nash's Contemporary Political Sociology."
—Steven Seidman, University at Albany, State University of New York
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