By Kate Nash
This absolutely revised and up to date creation to political sociology accommodates the burgeoning literature on globalization and exhibits how modern politics is associated with cultural concerns, social constitution and democratizing social action.New fabric on international governance, human rights, worldwide social routine, international mediaNew dialogue of democracy and democratizationClearly lays out what's at stake in identifying among choices of cosmopolitanism, imperialism and nationalismIncludes extra dialogue of the significance of learning tradition to political sociology
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Neo-Durkheimian political sociology Neo-Durkheimian political sociology is inspired by Durkheim’s work on the importance of collective representations as both constraining and enabling, and the way in which they are reinforced and elaborated in rituals, performances, and solidaristic passions. This work takes Durkheim’s problematic of the moral basis of social cohesion as its object of study, and especially the cultural conditions of democracy and social justice. Where the optimism of Durkheimian functionalism ultimately denies the importance of politics (as Lukes puts it, in his early work at least, Durkheim tends to assume “an identity between the ‘normal,’ the ideal, and the about-to-happen” [Lukes, 1973: 177]), neo-Durkheimian studies focus on the difficulties of achieving and maintaining solidarity, and on the way in which the very definitions of social justice may be expanded in complex contemporary societies.
In this respect, contemporary political sociology is closely linked to the “cultural turn” that is still ongoing in sociology. Thirdly, and more recently, given how the prominence of the state has been called into question in globalization, sociologists working on this topic have also had to rethink power and politics. We look at globalization more fully in chapter 2. ” There are two main ways of understanding “culture” currently in the social sciences. According to one version, the “epistemological variant,” culture is implicated in all social practices because, as human beings, we have access to reality, we know it and manipulate it, only through social classifications.
For example, formal politics in the state has traditionally been a very masculine activity: we have only to consider photographs of “world leaders” at, for example, G8 summit meetings to see that this is the case. On the other hand, if we think of the carnivalesque protests against neo-liberal globalization that take place at these same events, except for the small number who actively seek violent confrontation, we have a very differently gendered picture in mind. This is not to say that men and women are inherently different.
Contemporary Political Sociology: Globalization, Politics and Power, Second Edition by Kate Nash