The 21st century has witnessed a fundamental transformation of political institutions and society, alongside cultural, global and complexity turns in social theory. This provocative text gives an overview of key issues, argues for an 'existential turn' in political sociology and brings the study of politics and society up to date.
GRAHAM TAYLOR is Reader in Sociology at the University of the West of England, UK. His recent publications include Globalization, Modernity and Social Change: Hotspots of Transition (with J. Durrschmidt) and The Crisis of Social Democratic Trade Unionism in Western Europe: Prospects for Alternatives (with M. Upchurch and A. Mathers).
Introduction: The Contours of Social and Political Complexity Political Sociology in an Age of Complexity Complex Powers: Beyond the Panopticon? The End of the Nation State? The Disarticulation of Power and Identity Glocalized Identities: Political Culture between Place and Space Networks of Resistance: Global Complexity and the Politics of New Social Movements Networks of Terror: Globalization, Fundamentalism and Political Violence Complex Citizenships: Between Universalism and Particularism? Global Civil Society: The Prospects for Cosmocracy Conclusion: Towards an 'Existential Turn' in Political Sociology Glossary Bibliography