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What in the World?

Understanding Global Social Change

Edited by Mathias Albert and Tobias Werron

Published

16 Dec 2020

Page count

272 pages

Series

Bristol Studies in International Theory

ISBN

978-1529213317

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

16 Dec 2020

Page count

272 pages

Series

Bristol Studies in International Theory

ISBN

978-1529213331

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    What in the World?

    Analysing social change has too often been characterized by parochialism, either a eurocentrism that projects European experience outwards or a disciplinary narrowness that ignores insights from other academic disciplines. This book moves beyond these limits to develop a global perspective on social change.

    The book provincializes Europe in order to analyse European modernity as the product of global developments and brings together renowned scholars from International Relations, History and Sociology in the search for common understandings. In so doing, it provides a range of promising theoretical approaches, analytical takes and substantive research areas that offer new vistas for understanding change on a global scale.

    Mathias Albert is Professor of Political Science at Bielefeld University.

    Tobias Werron is Professor of Sociological Theory at Bielefeld University.

    Introduction ~ World society and its histories: The Sociology and Global History of global social change ~ Mathias Albert and Tobias Werron;

    Periodization in global history: the productive power of comparing ~ Angelika Epple;

    Every epoch, time-frame, or date that is solid melts into air – does it?: The entanglements of global history and world society ~ Mathias Albert;

    Communication, differentiation and evolution of world society ~ Boris Holzer;

    Field theory and global transformations in the long 20th century ~ Julian Go;

    Organization(s) of the world ~ Martin Koch;

    Particularly universal encounters: Ethnographic explorations into a laboratory of world society ~ Teresa Koloma Beck;

    Power, change, international politics: Studying the external/internal differentiation and the imperial underpinnings of an evolving international political system ~ Stephan Stetter;

    Nationalism as a global institution: A historical-sociological view ~ Tobias Werron;

    States and markets: A global historical sociology of capitalist governance ~ George Lawson;

    The impact of communications in global history ~ Heidi Tworek;

    World politics and world trade law, c.1850-1994 ~ James Stafford;

    Third party actors transparency and global military affairs ~ Thomas Müller;

    Technical internationalism and global statistics: A critical look at the historiography on the United Nations ~ Daniel Speich