The Nation-State and Violence: Volume 2 of A Contemporary Critique of Historical Materialism
University of California Press, 21.10.1987 - 408 Seiten
The social sciences have long been based upon contrasts drawn between the 'militaristic' societies of the past, and the 'capitalist' or 'industrial' societies of the present. But how valid are such contrasts, given that the current era is one stamped by the impact of war and by the intensive development of sophisticated weaponry?
In setting out to address this and similar questions, this book investigates issues that have been substantially neglected by those working in sociology and social theory. Anthony Giddens offers a sociological analysis of the nature of the modern nation-state and its association with the means of waging war. His analysis is connected in a detailed way to problems that have traditionally preoccupied sociologists - the impact of capitalism and industrialism upon social development in the modern period. The result is a theory both of the institutional parameters of modernity and of the nature of international relations.
The book is a sequel to the author's much discussed Contemporary Critique of Historical Materialism. The framework of social theory outlined in that work is here elucidated in a systematic and thorough-going fashion. The novel and provocative ideas which the author develops will interest those working in a wide variety of disciplines: sociology, politics, geography and international affairs.
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State Society and Modern History
Domination and Military Power
Surveillance and Administrative Power
Territoriality State Society
Bureaucracy Class Ideology
Ideology and the Modern State
Urbanism Regionalization and Sequestration
Class Sovereignty and Citizenship
Citizenship Ideology and Nationalism
Capitalist Development and the Industrialization of War
Warfare and Social Change
The NationState Industrialism and the Military
NationStates in the Global State System
The Absolutist State as an Organization
Military Power from the Absolutist to the NationState
NationState Nation Nationalism
Capitalism Industrialism and Social Transformation
Capitalism and Industrialism
Administrative Power Internal Pacification
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