Distributing Status: The Evolution Of State Honours In Western Europe by Samuel ClarkDistributing Status: The Evolution Of State Honours In Western Europe by Samuel Clark

Distributing Status: The Evolution Of State Honours In Western Europe

bySamuel Clark

Hardcover | May 13, 2016

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Honorific rewards are all about status and illustrate status processes in a way that few other social phenomena do. Why do we have so many honorific awards and prizes? Although they are a major feature of modern societies, they have received little scholarly attention. Samuel Clark argues that answering this question requires a separate historical analysis of different awards and prizes. He presents a comprehensive explanation of the origins and evolution of state honours in the British Isles, France, and the Low Countries. Examining cultural, social, and political changes that led to the massive growth in state honours and shaped their characteristics, Distributing Status also demonstrates their functions as instruments of cultural power, collective power, disciplinary power, and status power. Clark supports his conclusions with a cross-cultural statistical analysis of twenty societies. Lucid and logical, Distributing Status explicates an important historical change in Western Europe while at the same time contributing to several bodies of sociological literature, including evolutionary theory, theories of collective action, writings on discipline in modern societies, and studies of status processes.
Samuel Clark is professor emeritus of sociology at Western University and author of State and Status: The Rise of the State and Aristocratic Power in Western Europe.
Title:Distributing Status: The Evolution Of State Honours In Western EuropeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:520 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:May 13, 2016Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773546847

ISBN - 13:9780773546844

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Detailed and Interesting A very well researched and written work that, although highly detailed, does an excellent job of explaining how the distribution of honours and titles came to be regularized/develop in Europe. A solid scholarly contribution to the field, well worthwhile reading for those interested in symbols, honours and the broader systems of recognition that are used around the globe.
Date published: 2017-03-06

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"This impressive book makes a persuasive case for the importance of state honors in dealing with several modern issues. The results of this meticulous study will interest not only historians but also political scientists and sociologists, from whose disci