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Political Sociology for a Globalizing World

Political Sociology for a Globalizing World

Michael Drake

ISBN: 978-0-745-63815-7

Aug 2013, Polity

240 pages

$21.99

Description

This accessible book addresses one of the twenty-first century's most important issues: the increasing lack of connection between political institutions and the social reality of our everyday lives. A gulf between popular expectations and formal politics has widened continually since the revolts against authority of 1968, the Eastern European revolutions of 1989 and the growth of new social movements. Today, popular disillusion with politics is ubiquitous. Enormous social transformations on a global scale since the 1970s have produced no fundamental change in what are considered normal political institutions such as the state, or in mainstream political ideologies and parties.

This book provides tools to understand the apparent irrelevance of formal political institutions and practices to social life. In order to enable us to begin to rethink the relations between politics and society, Michael Drake ably synthesises the new theoretical developments that social transformations have produced, including the analysis of power, representation, social identities, social movements, sovereignty, statehood, globalization, revolution, risk and security. Ultimately, the book explores the emergent potentialities and problems of this new politics in a world of continuous transformation, where the parameters of the political are continuously shifting.

Chapter 1: Political Sociology and Social Transformation.

Chapter 2: Theorizing Power.

Chapter 3: From Identity Politics to the Politics of Representation.

Chapter 4: Sovereignty and the State.

Chapter 5: Citizens, Nations and Nationalisms.

Chapter 6: Civil Society and the Public Sphere.

Chapter 7: Social Movements.

Chapter 8: Risk and Securitization.

Chapter 9: Cosmopolitanisms and Post-National Formations.

Chapter 10: War, Terror and Security.

Conclusion.

Bibliography.

"Drake has brought political sociology into the 21st century with this textbook. Essential."
Choice

"Drake calls for a political sociology which will be critical to concepts inherited from modernity, and responsive to current transformations in politics and society. Drake's research interests in political and historical sociology, politics and culture, war studies, and collective memory establish a vivid interdisciplinary ground for this introductory book: the author's broad knowledge of contemporary social theory, his careful observations of political events, and sociological imagination to link the two are clearly evident throughout the work."
Ideology and Politics

"This is an essential disciplinary update for all political sociologists and an exciting guide for all lay observers of politics. Drake offers a fresh look at the world of contemporary politics - itself a contested territory - at a time of global terrorist threats, mass mobilizations, spot insurgencies, spreading democratic aspirations and rapidly changing super-power relations."
Jan Pakulski, University of Tasmania

"Political Sociology for a Globalizing World turns away from the standard approaches of the good old days to engage contemporary social conditions in depth. Drake's focus on present-day political phenomena, particularly the central themes of sovereignty, citizenship, the state, and globalization, makes this work stand out as a text."
Howard Winant, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Michael Drake has discarded many of the conventions of introductory textbooks.
Instead he engages the reader in a challenging set of arguments; an invitation to think and to argue. Political sociology is presented not as a set of perspectives, but as a lively intellectual reflection on key event: May 68, 1989, 9/11."
Alan Scott, University of Innsbruck

  • Accessible, up-to-date textbook overview of a major discipline in sociology.
  • Addresses the apparent irrelevance of formal political institutions and practices to people’s everyday social life.
  • Provides tools to assess and rethink the relations between politics and society.
  • Includes analyses of power, representation, social identities, social movements, sovereignty, statehood, globalization, revolution, risk and security.