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 more

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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 154 x 228 x 18mm | 339.99g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • index
  • 0745612121
  • 9780745612126

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 more

Review quote

"Martin Shaw argues for greater intellectual exchange between Sociology and International Relations in this useful series of essays on globalization. Accessible and reflective, this book should be widely read in International Relations and Sociology. It is a stimulating guide to how the two fields can work together to understand globalization." Political Studies "This is a work of considerable sophistication and prescience. It is also one that is of increasing political relevance." Development and Change ..". Powerfully analytical and often persuasive. Global Society and International Relations is a good book. It deserves to be read widely as one of the strongest statements to date of what we might call international political sociology. Martin Shaw produces a critique of the conceptual basis of thinking about international politics that has to be taken seriously." Democratizationshow more

About Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw is the author of several previous books including Post-Military Society (Polity, 1991); Dialectics of War (Pluto, 1988) and Sociology of War and Peace (Macmillan, 1987)show more