Political Sociology for a Globalizing World

Political Sociology for a Globalizing World

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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.
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  • Hardback | 244 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 24mm | 480.81g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0745637558
  • 9780745637556
  • 1,872,932

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"This is an essential disciplinary update for all politicalsociologists and an exciting guide for all lay observers ofpolitics. Drake offers a fresh look at the world of contemporarypolitics - itself a contested territory - at a time ofglobal terrorist threats, mass mobilizations, spot insurgencies, spreading democratic aspirations and rapidly changing super-powerrelations."
--Jan Pakulski, University of Tasmania

"Political Sociology for a Globalizing World turns awayfrom the standard approaches of the good old days to engagecontemporary social conditions in depth. Drake's focus onpresent-day political phenomena, particularly the central themes ofsovereignty, citizenship, the state and globalization, makes thiswork stand out as a text."
--Howard Winant, University of California, SantaBarbara

"Michael Drake has discarded many of the conventions ofintroductory textbooks.
Instead he engages the reader in a challenging set of arguments -an invitation to think and to argue. Political sociology ispresented not as a set of perspectives, but as a livelyintellectual reflection on key events: May 68, 1989, 9/11."
--Alan Scott, University of Innsbruck

This accessible book addresses one of the twenty-first century'smost important issues: the increasing lack of connection betweenpolitical institutions and the social reality of our everydaylives. A gulf between popular expectations and formal politics haswidened continually since the revolts against authority of 1968, the Eastern European revolutions of 1989 and the growth of newsocial movements. Today, popular disillusion with politics isubiquitous. Enormous social transformations on a global scale sincethe 1970s have produced no fundamental change in what areconsidered normal political institutions, such as the state, or inmainstream political ideologies and parties.

This book provides tools to understand the apparent irrelevanceto social life of formal political institutions and practices. Inorder to enable us to begin to rethink the relations betweenpolitics and society, Michael Drake ably synthesizes the newtheoretical developments that social transformations have produced, among them the analysis of power, representation, socialidentities, social movements, sovereignty, statehood, globalization, revolution, risk and security. Ultimately, the bookexplores the emergent potentialities and problems of this newpolitics in a world of continuous transformation, where theparameters of the political are continually shifting.
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Table of contents

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.
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"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
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About Michael Drake

Michael Drake is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Hull
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