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Readings in Contemporary Political Sociology

Readings in Contemporary Political Sociology

Kate Nash (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-21363-5

Feb 2000, Wiley-Blackwell

384 pages

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This Reader presents the best published writings of prominent sociologists and political theorists currently working in the field.
List of Contributors.


Part I: Power and Politics:.


1. The Subject and Power: Michel Foucault.

2. A Sociological Theory of Postmodernity: Zygmunt Bauman.

3. Inequality After Class: Malcolm Waters.

Part II: Globalization:.


4. From Fordism to Flexible Accumulation: David Harvey.

5. The Social Revolutions of our Time: Anthony Giddens.

6. Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy: Arjun Appadurai.

7. The Question of Cultural Identity: Stuart Hall.

Part III: Social Movements and the Politicization of the Social:.


8. "New Social Movements" of the Early Nineteenth Century: Craig Calhoun.

9. The Concept of Social Movement: Mario Diani.

10. Transnational Contention: Sidney Tarrow.

Part IV: Citizenship, Exclusion, and Difference:.

11. Rethinking Citizenship and Social Movements: Themes in Contemporary Sociology and Neoconservative Ideology: Maurice Roche.

12. The Patriarchal Welfare State: Carole Pateman.

13. Toward a Postnational Model of Membership [in Europe]: Yasemin Nuhoglu Soysal.

Part V: Democracy:.


14. The Public Sphere: Jürgen Habermas.

15. Hegemony and New Political Subjects: Toward a New Concept of Democracy: Chantal Mouffe.

16. Democracy, the Nation-State and the Global System: David Held.

Identity and Difference in Global Politics: William E. Connolly.


"Finally - a collection that explores political sociology as a series of conceptual political problems, as opposed to a diffuse empirical array. These articles raise the most central issues in political sociology in a way that engages and challenges the reader." Michael Kimmel, State University of New York at Stony Brook

  • Addresses political issues beyond the traditional concern with the relation between state and society
  • Essays chosen for their influence on the development of topics currently emerging as important in the new political sociology
  • Contains readings by leading international figures on power, globalization, social movements, citizenship and democracy