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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.

    "Studying global social change urgently needs interdisciplinary collaboration. In this volume, this challenging endeavour is excellently being advanced in a most fruitful way." Richard Münch, Zeppelin University

    “Bringing together leading historians, sociologists and international relations scholars, this book invites the reader to a unique interdisciplinary attempt to push forward the boundaries of international historical sociology.” David M. McCourt, University of California, Davis

    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

    Every Epoch, Time Frame or Date that Is Solid Melts into Air. Does It? The Entanglements of Global History and World Society ~ Mathias Albert

    Periodization in Global History: The Productive Power of Comparing ~ Angelika Epple

    Communication, Diff erentiation and the Evolution of World Society ~ Boris Holzer

    Field Theory and Global Transformations in the Long Twentieth Century ~ Julian Go

    Organization(s) of the World ~ Martin Koch

    Particularly Universal Encounters: Ethnographic Explorations into a Laboratory of World Society ~ Teresa Koloma Beck

    From the First Sino-Roman War (That Never Happened) to Modern International-cum-Imperial Relations: Observing International Politics from an

    Evolution Theory Perspective ~ 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

    The ‘Long Twentieth Century’ and the Making of World Trade Law ~ James Stafford

    Third-Party Actors, Transparency and Global Military Affairs ~ Thomas Müller

    Technical Internationalism and Global Social Change: A Critical Look at the Historiography of the United Nations ~ Daniel Speich Chassé