This book provides tools to understand the apparent irrelevance of formal political institutions and practices to social life. In order to enable us to begin to rethink the relations between politics and society, Michael Drake ably synthesises the new theoretical developments that social transformations have produced, including the analysis of power, representation, social identities, social movements, sovereignty, statehood, globalization, revolution, risk and security. Ultimately, the book explores the emergent potentialities and problems of this new politics in a world of continuous transformation, where the parameters of the political are continuously shifting.
Chapter 2: Theorizing Power.
Chapter 3: From Identity Politics to the Politics of Representation.
Chapter 4: Sovereignty and the State.
Chapter 5: Citizens, Nations and Nationalisms.
Chapter 6: Civil Society and the Public Sphere.
Chapter 7: Social Movements.
Chapter 8: Risk and Securitization.
Chapter 9: Cosmopolitanisms and Post-National Formations.
Chapter 10: War, Terror and Security.