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: 2054

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.
Posted in Social Science

Global Social Problems

Author: Vic George,Robert M. Page

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745629512

Category: History

Page: 235

View: 6046

"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.
Posted in History

The Global Social Policy Reader

Author: Yeates, Nicola,Holden, Chris

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1847423779

Category: Political Science

Page: 520

View: 3708

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.
Posted in Political Science

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: 9073

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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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: 3594

Applies sociological concepts to international relations by examining how influential social ideas contribute to global governance.
Posted in Law

The Benefit of Broad Horizons

Intellectual and Institutional Preconditions for a Global Social Science

Author: N.A

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004192875

Category: Social Science

Page: 460

View: 7061

More than perhaps anybody else in the world, the Swedish social scientist Björn Wittrock has contributed - both on the intellectual and institutional level - to making a truly global science possible. This book is devoted to an appreciation of his contributions.
Posted in Social Science

Identity and difference in the global era

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

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nationalism

Page: 490

View: 6804

Posted in Nationalism

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: 2741

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.
Posted in Political Science

Through the Global Lens

An Introduction to the Social Sciences

Author: Michael J. Strada

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780130979506

Category: Social Science

Page: 486

View: 2620

Make your studies interactive with "Through the Global Lens: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, Second Edition." Companion Website(TM) -- In tandem with the text, students can now take full advantage of the Internet to enrich their study of the social sciences. Features of the Website include chapter objectives, study questions, links to "The New York Times" and the "USA Today Census 2000" in addition to other links on the Web that can reinforce and enhance the content of each chapter. Use of the site is free to all students and faculty. Simply visit the Website at http: //www.prenhall.com/strada A Prentice Hall Guide to Evaluating Online Resources (available for Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, or Psychology) These guides provide a brief introduction to navigating the Internet, along with references related specifically to each discipline. Also included with each guide is access to ContentSelect(TM). Developed by Prentice Hall and EBSCO, the world leader in online journal subscription management, ContentSelect(TM) is a customized research database for students of sociology. Your choice of one of these guides is free to students when packaged with "Through the Global Lens, Second Edition."
Posted in Social Science

Global Social Policy and Governance

Author: Bob Deacon

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1848604637

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 8597

`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.
Posted in Social Science

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: 4374

Those who advocate ideas about "postmodernity" and"post-industrialism" offer radical critiques of existing social andpolitical institutions. But they provide very little in place ofthose institutions. It is all very well to criticize thelimitations of social democracy, the welfare state, trade unionism,and social classes as agents of change, but once these have beenthrown into crisis what other institutions do we have to dependon? The Reinvention of Politics, suggests we should think again aboutforging a new model of politics for our times. An active, devolvedcivil society, Beck argues, can sustain the claim that modernity isinherently democratic. For many issues now - for example, thoseinvolving technology, environment protest, the family, or genderrelations - belong to the domain of what the author calls"subpolitics". The postmodern critique of modernity, in Beck's view, is based onmistaken generalizations about a transitional phase in theevolution of modern society. What is needed, he argues, is thereinvention of politics, corresponding to th new demands of asociety which remains modern, but which has progressed beyond theearlier form of industrial society. This book will be essential reading for second-year undergraduatesand above in the fields of social and political theory, sociologyand political science.
Posted in Social Science

Southern Theory

Social Science And The Global Dynamics Of Knowledge

Author: Raewyn W. Connell

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745642499

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 2098

In Southern Theory Raewyn Connell presents the case for a new 'world social science' - one that is inclusive of many voices - by arguing for a more democratic global recognition of social theory from societies outside the dominant European and North American metropole. Intellectual production of the majority 'southern' world does in fact include theory, though its contribution is often marginalised and intellectually discredited by the metropole. Connell shows how social theory about the modern world from peripheral societies is equal in intellectual rigour and is often of greater political relevance to our changing world. Beginning with an examination of the hidden assumptions of modern general theory, Southern Theory looks to the 'southern' social experience and the theories that have emerged from Australia, Indigenous peoples, Latin America, India, Africa, Islam and other post-colonial societies, as sources of important and vital contributions to world social science. These myriad theories offer valuable perspectives so crucial to the application of social theory in the contemporary world, having the power to transform the influence of the metropolitan hegemony on social thought by mutual regard and interaction. Southern Theory is a major new work in social theory, drawing on anthropology, history, psychology, philosophy, economics and cultural studies, with wide-ranging implications for the social sciences in the 21st century. Visit www.raewynconnell.net
Posted in Social Science

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: 7289

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.
Posted in Social Science

Globalization and Social Movements

Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement

Author: Valentine M. Moghadam

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742557367

Category: Political Science

Page: 180

View: 9813

This clear and concise book examines the crucial relationship between globalization and social movements. Deftly combining nuanced theory with rich empirical examples, leading scholar Valentine M. Moghadam focuses especially on three transnational social movements-Islamism, feminism, and global justice. Defining globalization as a complex process in which the mobility of capital, peoples, organizations, movements, and ideas takes on an increasingly transnational form, the author shows how both physical and electronic mobility has helped to create dynamic global social movements. Globalization has engendered the spread of neoliberal capitalism across the world, but it also has engendered opposition and collective action.
Posted in Political Science

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: 4164

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.
Posted in Political Science

Social Theory and the Global Environment

Author: Ted Benton,Michael Redclift

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134833032

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

View: 4591

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

Southern theory

the global dynamics of knowledge in social science

Author: Raewyn Connell

Publisher: Polity Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Philosophy

Page: 271

View: 2701

In Southern Theory Raewyn Connell presents the case for a new 'world social science' - one that is inclusive of many voices - by arguing for a more democratic global recognition of social theory from societies outside the dominant European and North American metropole. Intellectual production of the majority 'southern' world does in fact include theory, though its contribution is often marginalised and intellectually discredited by the metropole. Connell shows how social theory about the modern world from peripheral societies is equal in intellectual rigour and is often of greater political relevance to our changing world. Beginning with an examination of the hidden assumptions of modern general theory, Southern Theory looks to the 'southern' social experience and the theories that have emerged from Australia, Indigenous peoples, Latin America, India, Africa, Islam and other post-colonial societies, as sources of important and vital contributions to world social science. These myriad theories offer valuable perspectives so crucial to the application of social theory in the contemporary world, having the power to transform the influence of the metropolitan hegemony on social thought by mutual regard and interaction. Southern Theory is a major new work in social theory, drawing on anthropology, history, psychology, philosophy, economics and cultural studies, with wide-ranging implications for the social sciences in the 21st century.
Posted in Philosophy

Handbook of Global Social Policy

Author: Stuart Nagel

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780824703578

Category: Political Science

Page: 448

View: 6114

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.
Posted in Political Science

Global Social Justice

Author: Heather Widdows,Nicola J. Smith

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136725911

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

View: 2085

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.
Posted in Political Science