The first section consists of articles addressing the concerns of the "postmodern turn" in sociology and its implications for the study of politics. Subsequent sections deal with substantive topics in the field, linking influential pieces on globalization, social movements, citizenship, and democracy.
For students of political sociology and political theory, this collection is a milestone, representing the field′s most noteworthy research and publications of recent years. It may be used independently or in conjunction with Kate Nash′s introductory book Contemporary Political Sociology: Globalization, Politics, and Power.
Part I: Power and Politics:.
1. The Subject and Power: Michel Foucault.
2. A Sociological Theory of Postmodernity: Zygmunt Bauman.
3. Inequality After Class: Malcolm Waters.
Part II: Globalization:.
4. From Fordism to Flexible Accumulation: David Harvey.
5. The Social Revolutions of our Time: Anthony Giddens.
6. Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy: Arjun Appadurai.
7. The Question of Cultural Identity: Stuart Hall.
Part III: Social Movements and the Politicization of the Social:.
8. "New Social Movements" of the Early Nineteenth Century: Craig Calhoun.
9. The Concept of Social Movement: Mario Diani.
10. Transnational Contention: Sidney Tarrow.
Part IV: Citizenship, Exclusion, and Difference:.
11. Rethinking Citizenship and Social Movements: Themes in Contemporary Sociology and Neoconservative Ideology: Maurice Roche.
12. The Patriarchal Welfare State: Carole Pateman.
13. Toward a Postnational Model of Membership [in Europe]: Yasemin Nuhoglu Soysal.
Part V: Democracy:.
14. The Public Sphere: Jürgen Habermas.
15. Hegemony and New Political Subjects: Toward a New Concept of Democracy: Chantal Mouffe.
16. Democracy, the Nation–State and the Global System: David Held.
Identity and Difference in Global Politics: William E. Connolly.