Global Society and International Relations

Global Society and International Relations : Sociological Concepts and Political Perspectives

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This work places the concept of global society at the centre of its analysis. The author argues that this is now the only context in which it makes sense to talk about a society, or in which to discuss problems of "international relations". Shaw examines the recent sociological contribution to international relations thinking about the state and offers a broad critique of international relations theory. He claims that while its issue agenda may have broadened, its conceptual base is still narrow. He argues for a comprehensive introduction of the concept of society into thinking about security, and that global society rather than international society is the relevant framework for understanding world politics. The final section of the book looks at the political perspectives which are entailed by a global-society approach. Shaw maintains that classical socialist thinking on war and the international is outmoded. He puts the case for a new politics of society and international institutions, and concludes with a theory of global state intervention.
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  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 19.05mm | 453.59g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • index
  • 0745612113
  • 9780745612119

Table of contents

Part I: Introduction. 1. The Theoretical Challenge of Global Society. Part II: State Theory: The Relevance of Sociology. 2. War and the Nation-State in Social Theory. 3. State Theory and the Post-Cold War World. Part III: The Sociological Critique of International Relations. 4. "There is No Such Thing as Society": Beyond the Individualism/Statism Dilemma in International Relations. 5. The Limits of "International Society". Part IV: A New Global Politics. 6. The New Politics of War. 7. Towards Global Responsibility.
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