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Global society and international relations : sociological concepts and political perspectives / Martin Shaw
Bib ID 368930
Format BookBook
Author
Shaw, Martin
 
Description Cambridge, UK : Polity Press, 1994 
vii, 197 p. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0745612113
0745612121 (paperback)
Summary

The debate about globalization is increasingly central to both sociology and international politics, but there have been few attempts to consider its implications for the essential frameworks of the disciplines. In this pathbreaking book, Martin Shaw places the concept of global society at the centre of analysis. He 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 order is outmoded. He puts the case for a new politics of society and international institutions, and concludes with a wide-ranging theory of global state intervention.

Full contents
  • I. Introduction. 1. The Theoretical Challenge of Global Society
  • 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
  • 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'
  • IV. A New Global Politics. 6. The New Politics of War. 7. Towards Global Responsibility.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index

Subjects International relations -- Social aspects.

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