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From the Publisher"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
The second edition of this popular book is a fully revised and updated introduction to developments in contemporary political sociology, and especially to the burgeoning literature on globalization. The discussion throughout concerns how, in order to understand contemporary politics, we need to be sensitive to the contestation of cultural meanings and to their effects on social structuring and democratizing social action.
The book focuses throughout on substantive areas of sociological research. There are updated chapters on definitions of power and politics; macro-theories of globalization, including new discussions of global governance and state transformation and of media and political community; social movements, including recent work on global social movements; and citizenship and the politics of equality and "difference," including an extended discussion of welfare and poverty. In addition there is a new chapter on democracy, democratization, and environmentalism in a global context.
Above all the book lays out the terms of the fundamental debate that is currently being enacted in contemporary politics, giving students in sociology and politics the tools to understand and to assess for themselves how globalization is linked to imperialism, at the same time as it involves new possibilities for democracy, peace, and respect for human rights.
Preface to the Second Edition ix
1 Changing Definitions of Politics and Power 1
1.1 The Marxist Tradition of Political Sociology 4
1.2 The Weberian Tradition of Political Sociology 9
1.3 The Durkheimian Tradition of Political Sociology 15
1.4 Focauldian Definitions of Power and Politics 20
1.5 Cultural Politics 30
2 Politics in a Small World 43
2.1 Explaining Globalization 47
2.2 State Transformation and Imperialism 63
2.3 We are the World? 78
3 Social Movements 87
3.1 Resource Mobilization Theory and Beyond 91
3.2 New Social Movement Theory: Conflict and Culture 106
3.3 Toward a Synthesis: the Definition of "Social Movement" 118
3.4 Global Social Movements 123
4 Citizenship 131
4.1 T. H. Marshall: Citizenship, Social Class, and the Nation-State 135
4.2 Citizenship, Wealth, and Poverty 140
4.3 Citizenship, Sex, and Sexuality 148
4.4 Citizenship, Racialization, and Ethnicity 159
4.5 Post-National Citizenship? 176
5 Globalization and Democracy 193
5.1 Democracy in Crisis: Political Parties and Elections 197
5.2 Democracy, Human Rights, and International Political Institutions 202
5.3 Global Civil Society 213
5.4 Democracy and Cultural Politics 231