The Global Social Sciences

Under and Beyond European Universalism

Author: Michael Kuhn,Hebe Vessuri

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 3838268938

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

View: 1832

The European social sciences tend to absorb criticism of their approach and re-label it as a part of what the critique opposes; thus criticism of European social sciences by subaltern social sciences, their 'talking back,' has become a frequent line of reflection. The relabeling of the critique of the European approach as a critique from ‘Southern’ social sciences of ‘Western’ social sciences has in effect turned ‘Southern’ as well as ‘Western’ social sciences into competing contributors to the same ‘globalizing’ social sciences. Both are no longer arguing about the European approach to social sciences but about which social thought from which part of the globe should prevail. If the critique becomes a part of what it opposes, one might conclude that the European social sciences are very adaptable and capable of learning. One might, however, also raise the question whether there is anything wrong with the criticism of the European social sciences, or, for that matter, whether there is anything wrong with the European social sciences themselves. The contributions in this book discuss these questions from different angles: They revisit the mainstream critique of the European social sciences, and they suggest new arguments criticizing social science theories that may be found as often in the ‘Western’ as in the ‘Southern’ discourse.
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Global Social Problems

Author: Vic George,Robert M. Page

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745629512

Category: History

Page: 235

View: 2870

"In this new textbook, Vic George and Robert Page provide an introduction to global social problems and the emergence of a global social policy response. With suggestions for further reading and an accessible style, this book will be essential reading for undergraduate students in the social sciences, particularly those studying social policy, sociology and politics."--BOOK JACKET.
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The Global Social Policy Reader

Author: Yeates, Nicola,Holden, Chris

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1847423779

Category: Political Science

Page: 520

View: 8143

The global social policy reader collects together, for the first time, a comprehensive range of key papers by international leaders in the field from a wide range of sources that explain the concepts, actors and processes that constitute global social policy. It covers the emergence of global social policy as a dynamic and expanding field of study and practice, the transformation of welfare from a predominantly national to a global field of action, and the impact of globalisation on key welfare discourses and governance mechanisms.
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The Social in the Global

Social Theory, Governmentality and Global Politics

Author: Jonathan Joseph

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107022908

Category: Law

Page: 302

View: 4706

Applies sociological concepts to international relations by examining how influential social ideas contribute to global governance.
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World System History

The Social Science of Long-Term Change

Author: Robert. A Denemark,Jonathan Friedman,Barry K. Gills,George Modelski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134571445

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

View: 6640

This extraordinary book presents a refreshing and innovative overview of the changes to the global system over the last 5000 years. Featuring renowned contributors - each specialists in their field - this is the only volume to offer so co-ordinated a study of continuity and change in the global social, economic and political system. Key areas covered include: * International Political Economy - Robert A. Denemark * Archaeology - Jonathan Freidman * Economic development - Andre Gunder Frank * History - George Modelski * Sociology - Christopher Chase-Dunn
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Identity and difference in the global era

Author: Cândido Mendes,International Social Science Council,Unesco,Educam

Publisher: N.A


Category: Nationalism

Page: 490

View: 5234

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Social Theory and the Global Environment

Author: Ted Benton,Michael Redclift

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134833032

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

View: 2266

This book marks a watershed in the social sciences. The qualitative, critical perspective of sociology and allied disciplines challenges the technocentric `managerialism' which dominates environmental policy, its discourse and its impact. The authors explore the relationship between social theory and sustainability in an attempt to transend technical rhetoric and embrace a broader understanding of `nature'.
Posted in Social Science

Global Social Policy and Governance

Author: Bob Deacon

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1848604637

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 9291

`This primer on the global politics of social policy ... is essential reading for students as well as others seriously interested in improving the human condition. Nuanced and critical, Deacon's book offers a much needed and constructive guide to the complex supra-national debates over rights, regulation and redistribution impinging on social welfare all over the world' - Jomo K.S., United Nations Assistant, Secretary-General for Economic Development `This book is very timely and addresses many issues that are en vogue at the moment. It relates social policy studies to other fields such as global governance and development studies and thus opens up new discussions in the subject area' - Dr Antje Vetterlein, University of Oxford Global Social Policy and Governance offers an authoritative understanding of the way social policies at national and supra-national level are shaped in the context of globalisation. The book: " evaluates national social policies advanced by international organisations. " examines policies addressing global social redistribution, regulation and rights. " highlights the roles of global actors, including INGOs, consultants, think tanks, task forces and global policy advocacy coalitions. " explores the political obstacles to reforms in global social governance, " outlines the growing importance of global social movements. " presents arguments for more effective global and regional social policies. " is illustrated by case studies, further reading sections and a glossary. Global Social Policy and Governance will be an essential text for students of social policy, development studies and international relations. It will also be invaluable reading for those shaping social policies in international organisations and those in social movements seeking to influence them. Bob Deacon is Professor of International Social Policy at the University of Sheffield.
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Global Knowledge Production in the Social Sciences

Made in Circulation

Author: Wiebke Keim,Ercüment Çelik,Veronika Wöhrer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317127684

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

View: 7920

An innovative contribution to debates on the internationalization and globalization of the social sciences, this book pays particular attention to their theoretical and epistemological reconfiguration in the light of postcolonial critiques and critiques of Eurocentrism. Bringing together theoretical contributions and empirical case studies from around the world, including India, the Americas, South Africa, Australia and Europe, it engages in debates concerning public sociology and explores South-South research collaborations specific to the social sciences. Contributions transcend established critiques of Eurocentrism to make space for the idea of global social sciences and truly transnational research. Thematically arranged and both international and interdisciplinary in scope, this volume reflects the different theoretical and thematic backgrounds of the contributing authors, who enter into dialogue and debate with one another in the development of a more inclusive, more representative and more theoretically relevant stage for the social sciences. A rigorous critique of the contemporary state of the social sciences as well as an attempt to find another way of doing transnational sociology, Global Knowledge Production in the Social Sciences will appeal to scholars of sociology, political science and social theory with interests in the production of social scientific knowledge, postcolonialism and transnationalism in research.
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The Reinvention of Politics

Rethinking Modernity in the Global Social Order

Author: Ulrich Beck

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745692443

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

View: 7726

Those who advocate ideas about "postmodernity" and "post-industrialism" offer radical critiques of existing social and political institutions. But they provide very little in place of those institutions. It is all very well to criticize the limitations of social democracy, the welfare state, trade unionism, and social classes as agents of change, but once these have been thrown into crisis what other institutions do we have to depend on? The Reinvention of Politics, suggests we should think again about forging a new model of politics for our times. An active, devolved civil society, Beck argues, can sustain the claim that modernity is inherently democratic. For many issues now - for example, those involving technology, environment protest, the family, or gender relations - belong to the domain of what the author calls "subpolitics". The postmodern critique of modernity, in Beck's view, is based on mistaken generalizations about a transitional phase in the evolution of modern society. What is needed, he argues, is the reinvention of politics, corresponding to th new demands of a society which remains modern, but which has progressed beyond the earlier form of industrial society. This book will be essential reading for second-year undergraduates and above in the fields of social and political theory, sociology and political science.
Posted in Social Science

Through the Global Lens

An Introduction to the Social Sciences

Author: Strada

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780136030409

Category: Social Science

Page: 463

View: 6796

Through the Global Lens uses a global perspective to analyze human affairs. This text looks at each of the six social sciences (sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, psychology, and geography), and uses case studies, feature film analyses, maps, and photos to highlight important historical events and concepts throughout.
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The Global Crisis and Transformative Social Change

Author: Peter Utting,Shahra Razavi,Rebecca Varghese Buchholz

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 023029782X

Category: Political Science

Page: 289

View: 1732

Global crises not only impact the economy and people's livelihoods, they also unsettle basic ideas and assumptions about the meaning and drivers of development. This collection of theoretical and empirical studies contributes to the global debate about the substance and politics of policy change three years into the 2007/8 crisis. It examines the challenges and dynamics involved from the perspective of development and developing countries. In doing so it engages with some of the most pressing and contested issues. To what extent does the crisis provide an opportunity for moving away from the doctrines and policies that reinforced inequality and vulnerability? What new directions in policy, especially social policy, are required, and are developing countries moving in such directions? Are social forces and political coalitions supportive of transformative change able to mobilize? While the political underpinnings of policy change conducive to social reform - contestation, social mobilization and coalition politics - are energized in the context of crises, the nature of demands and the responsiveness of elites can vary considerably.
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Women, Crime and Social Harm

Towards a Criminology for the Global Age

Author: Maureen Cain,Adrian Howe

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1847314708

Category: Social Science

Page: 234

View: 5495

This book of eleven chapters and an Introduction is by and about women, the harms and crimes to which they are subjected as a result of global social processes and their efforts to take control of their own futures. The chapters explore the criminogenic and damaging consequences of the policies of the global financial institutions as well as the effects of growing economic polarisation both in pockets of the developed world and most markedly in the global south. Reflecting on this evidence, in the Introduction the editors necessarily challenge existing criminological theory by expanding and elaborating a conception of social harm that encompasses this range of problems, and exposes where new solutions derived from criminological theory are necessary. A second theme addresses human rights from the standpoint of indigenous women, minority women and those seeking refuge. Inadequate and individualised as the human rights instruments presently are, for most of these women a politics of human rights emerges as central to the achieving of legal and political equality and protection from individual violence. Women in the poorest countries, however, are sceptical as to the efficacy of rights claims in the face of the depredations of international and global capital, and the social dislocation produced thereby. Nonetheless this is a hopeful book, emphasising the contribution which academic work can make, provided the methodology is appropriately gendered and sufficiently sensitive in its guiding ideology and techniques to hear and learn from the all too often 'glocalised' other. But in the end there is no solution without politics, and in both the opening and the closing sections of this book there are chapters which address this. What continues to be special about women's political practice is the connection between the groundedness of small groups and the fluidity and flexibility of regional and international networks: the effective politics of the global age. This book, then, is a new criminology for and by women, a book which opens up a new criminological terrain for both women and men - and a book which cannot easily be read without an emotional response.
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The Global Turn

Theories, Research Designs, and Methods for Global Studies

Author: Eve Darian-Smith,Philip C. McCarty

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520966309

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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The ability to deploy interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives that speak to interconnected global dimensions is critical if one’s work is to be relevant and applicable to the emerging global-scale issues of our time. The Global Turn is a guide for students and scholars across all areas of the social sciences and humanities who wish to embark on global-studies research projects. The authors demonstrate how the global can be studied from a local perspective and vice versa. They show how global processes manifest at multiple levels—transnational, regional, national, and local—all of which are interconnected and mutually constitutive. This book takes readers through the steps of thinking like a global scholar in theoretical, methodological, and practical terms, and it explains the implications of global perspectives for research design.
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Social Theory: Power and identity in the global era

Author: Roberta Garner

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442601558

Category: Social Science

Page: 422

View: 5542

First edition published by Broadview Press 2004.
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Handbook of Global Social Policy

Author: Stuart Nagel

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780824703578

Category: Political Science

Page: 448

View: 4139

Discusses improving the quality of life of those at the bottom of the social hierarchy through public policy. This text argues for policy that expands employment and facilitates jobs, finances education and economic and cultural integration, rewards merit, encourages voting and political participation, and seeks to reduce crime to the benefit of all countries around the world.
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Digital Formations

IT and New Architectures in the Global Realm

Author: Robert Latham,Saskia Sassen

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 140083161X

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

View: 1635

Computer-centered networks and technologies are reshaping social relations and constituting new social domains on a global scale, from virtually borderless electronic markets and Internet-based large-scale conversations to worldwide open source software development communities, transnational corporate production systems, and the global knowledge-arenas associated with NGO networks. This book explores how such "digital formations" emerge from the ever-changing intersection of computer-centered technologies and the broad range of social contexts that underlie much of what happens in cyberspace. While viewing technologies fundamentally in social rather than technical terms, Digital Formations nonetheless emphasizes the importance of recognizing the specific technical capacities of digital technologies. Importantly, it identifies digital formations as a new area of study in the social sciences and in thinking about globalization. The ten chapters, by leading scholars, examine key social, political, and economic developments associated with these new configurations of organization, space, and interaction. They address the operation of digital formations and their implications for the development of longstanding institutions and for their wider contexts and fields, and they consider the political, economic, and other forces shaping those formations and how the formations, in turn, are shaping such forces. Following a conceptual introduction by the editors are chapters by Hayward Alker, Jonathan Bach and David Stark, Lars-Erik Cederman and Peter A. Kraus, Dieter Ernst, D. Linda Garcia, Doug Guthrie, Robert Latham, Warren Sack, Saskia Sassen, and Steven Weber.
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Global Social Justice

Author: Heather Widdows,Nicola J. Smith

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136725911

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

View: 3090

This book provides a distinctive multi-disciplinary contribution to debates about global justice and global ethics addresses issues including human rights, the environment, health, labour, peace-building and political participation, and sexuality.
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The Global Rise of Social Cash Transfers

How States and International Organizations Constructed a New Instrument for Combating Poverty

Author: Lutz Leisering

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198754337

Category: Social Science

Page: 480

View: 2095

Since the 2000s, social cash transfers to the poor have mushroomed in the global South and on agendas of international organizations. Much has been written on cash transfers, but the whole picture is missing. Based on unique quantitative and qualitative data and on newly created concepts and indicators, the book takes stock of all identifiable cash transfers in all Southern countries, and explains their spread. The views of all major international organizationsare also analysed.While extant research focuses on finance and impacts, this book traces the socio-cultural background of cash transfers: universalism as a global norm, and newunderstandings of development, of human rights, and of the social responsibility of governments. The book also contributes to a much needed general theory of social policy in development contexts, through a sociological approach that complements the dominant approaches from welfare economics and political economy, and includes a theory of social assistance.
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Migration and Social Remittances in a Global Europe

Author: Magdalena Nowicka,Vojin Šerbedžija

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137601264

Category: Social Science

Page: 313

View: 6394

This book explores migrant's global social remittances and their impacts on Europe. Exploring the topic from a range of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, geography and political science, the authors present empirical analyses covering a wide selection of international contexts across Europe, India, Iraq, Bolivia, Congo, Lebanon and Thailand. The book presents migrants not as Europe’s ‘cultural others’ but as an integral part of Europe’s global connection, and scrutinises the flows of knowledge, ideas, money, objects and values which result from the process of migration, rather than the migrants themselves. A valuable contribution to the literature on migrant transnationalism and globalisation, this book will appeal to scholars across the social sciences.
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