The New Political Sociology: Power, Ideology and Identity in an Age of Complexity by G. TaylorThe New Political Sociology: Power, Ideology and Identity in an Age of Complexity by G. Taylor

The New Political Sociology: Power, Ideology and Identity in an Age of Complexity

byG. Taylor

Paperback | January 20, 2010

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The fall of the Berlin Wall, the emergence of a global terrorist threat, the growing strength of global political institutions, movements and networks, the political integration of Europe and the emergence of regional trading blocs – the last decade has seen a fundamental transformation of political institutions and the social environments in which they operate. It has also witnessed ongoing challenges to traditional theoretical debates in the form of cultural, global and complexity “turns” in social and political theory.
This timely and provocative text updates political sociology for the 21st century.  Providing a comprehensive and critical overview, it examines how theoretical turns have impacted upon key political developments and controversies.  Further, Graham Taylor argues the case for an existential turn in political sociology which best captures the ways in which complex global power relations are lived and experienced.
This is an essential guide for students seeking a thorough understanding of the workings of politics and society in the new millennium. 

GRAHAM TAYLOR is Reader in Sociology at the University of the West of England, UK. His recent publications include Globalization, Modernity and Social Change: Hotspots of Transition (with J. Dürrschmidt) and The Crisis of Social Democratic Trade Unionism in Western Europe: Prospects for Alternatives (with M. Upchurch and A. Mathers).
Title:The New Political Sociology: Power, Ideology and Identity in an Age of ComplexityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:January 20, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230573339

ISBN - 13:9780230573338

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Contours of Social and Political Complexity * Political Sociology in an Age of Complexity * Complex Powers: Beyond the Panopticon? * The End of the Nation State? The Disarticulation of Power and Identity * Glocalized Identities: Political Culture between Place and Space * Networks of Resistance: Global Complexity and the Politics of New Social Movements * Networks of Terror: Globalization, Fundamentalism and Political Violence * Complex Citizenships: Between Universalism and Particularism? * Global Civil Society: The Prospects for Cosmocracy * Conclusion: Towards an 'Existential Turn' in Political Sociology * Glossary * Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

"Graham Taylor traces the ways in which new understandings of globalization and culture have transformed political sociology. This book will become part of the debate on the future of states and politics, and on how best to analyze those social creations." - Richard Lachmann, State University of New York at Albany, USA  "A bold and original contribution to the field. Taylor offers us a political sociology of 'inbetweeness': the old order of modernity is dissolving while the emerging order is not yet fully formed. The result is a sophisticated and challenging book." - Chris Rumford, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK