The project of applying general systems theory to social sciences is crucial in today’s crisis when social and ecological systems clash. This book concretely demonstrates the necessity of a Marxist approach to this challenge, notably in asserting agency (struggle) as against determinism. It similarly shows how Marxism can be reinvigorated from a systems perspective. Drawing on his experience in both international systems and low-input agriculture, Biel explores the interaction of social and physical systems, using the conceptual tools of thermodynamics and information. He reveals the early twenty-first century as a period when capitalism starts parasitising on the chaos it itself creates, notably in the link between the two sides of imperialism: militarism (the ‘war on terror’) and speculative finance capital.
The Entropy of Capitalism
Nicole Trujillo-Pagán, Wayne State University
This volume explores the establishment of US colonial rule over Puerto Rico through the appropriation and usurpation of the status of local physicians, the undermining of their political legitimacy, and its role in the development of capitalism in the colony.
Sara R. Farris
Providing a detailed reconstruction of the concept of personality within Weber’s systematic studies of world religions, this book shows its complex development within three related problematics associated with Weber’s influential comparative historical sociology – individuation, politics and ...
Jeff Shantz, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Dana M. Williams, Valdosta State University, GA
Anarchy & Society constructs a tentative synthesis of sociological and anarchist thought, providing a roadmap to a future ‘anarchist sociology’.
Shourideh C. Molavi, York University
In Stateless Citizenship, Shourideh C. Molavi examines the mechanisms of exclusion of Palestinian citizens in the Zionist incorporation regime, and centres our analytical gaze on the paradox that it is through the provision of Israeli citizenship that Palestinians are deemed stateless.
Laura Westra, University of Windsor and University of Milano, Bicocca
Legal "personhood" has granted corporations increasing powers while citizens and national governments face diminishing powers in the expanding global economy. As a result, corporate decisions undermine and even nullify legal decisions made by democratically elected governments designed to ...
Milan Zafirovski, University of North Texas and Daniel G. Rodeheaver, University of North Texas
In Modernity and Terrorism Zafirovski and Rodeheaver analyze the nature, types, and causes of terrorism. The book redefines terrorism in novel comprehensive way, considers counter-state and state terrorism, and identifies and predicts conservative anti-modernity as the main cause of terrorism.
Mansoor Moaddel, Eastern Michigan University and Stuart A. Karabenick, University of Michigan
In Religious Fundamentalism in the Middle East, Moaddel and Karabenick explain variations in fundamentalist beliefs and attitudes on both macro and micro level.
Edited by John J. Betancur, University of Illinois at Chicago and Cedric Herring, University of Illinois at Chicago
Reinventing Race, Reinventing Racism provides fresh theoretical insights and policy solutions that address intractable new forms of racism. This accessible book tackles important and timely issues that continue to affect the lives of Americans of all shades and ethnicities.
Horst J. Helle, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
As a founder of humanist sociology Simmel sent several important messages, identified and explained here as referring to interpretation, evolution, interaction, and alienation. Simmel’s ideas on these issues are confronted and compared with those of Karl Marx and Max Weber.
Henryk Szlajfer, Warsaw University and Polish Academy of Sciences
In Economic Nationalism and Globalization Henryk Szlajfer offers, against the background of developments in Latin America and Central Europe in times of globalization from late 19th century until late 1930s, a reinterpretation of economic nationalism both as an analytical category and historical ...
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