We find ourselves in a world that reflects a tension between the totalizing discourses of global corporate capitalism and representative democracy on the one hand, and the contingent, fragmentary nature of post-colonial life on the other. How (indeed, whether) this dialectic will be reconciled in the new millennium is not merely a question for academic consideration, but has real implications for the lives of people in the 'developing' world who are caught at the interstices of these conflicting forces. What a comparative, critical sociological perspective can provide is a window into the souls of people struggling for self-determination, equality, and justice. It is in this spirit that we present this work focusing on the study of injustice and inequality in the world system.
Lives in the Balance
Perspectives on Global Injustice and Inequality
Edited by Pat Lauderdale, Arizona State University and Randall Amster, Arizona State University
Edited by Blanca Rodríguez-Ruiz, University of Seville and Ruth Rubio-Marín, European University Institute, Florence
By comparing women’s access to suffrage in the countries that make up the European Union, i>The Struggle for Female Suffrage in Europe provides a retelling of the story of how citizenship was gradually coined in Europe from the perspective of women.
Edited by Amado Alarcón, Universitat Rovira i Virgil, Spain and Luis Garzón, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
This book is the result of a research on migrant integration, language and social mobility in Catalonia. Drawing on the fate of three communities: Argentineans, Colombians and Moroccans, it examines the opportunities and constraints for social mobility. El libro es el resultado de una ...
Rabab El-Mahdi, American University, Cairo
Using Social Funds in Egypt and Bolivia as a microcosm, this book offers a critical examination of state-civil society relations and governance under the neoliberal model. Focusing specifically on the reconstruction of citizenship rights and participatory governance under this model.
Jean Terrier, University of Münster
Taking the example of France between the Enlightenment and the Second World War and focusing especially on the connection between social theories and political projects, this book provides an original analysis of French scholarly debates on the nature of society.
Grazyna Skapska, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
Drawing on the sociological theory of reflexive modernization and the doctrine of liberal democracy, this book debates the formation of postcommunist constitutionalism. Examination of Poland, in comparison with other postcommunist countries, leads to a new theory of reflexive constitutionalism.
David Sciulli, Texas A&M University
Written for social theorists and general readers (including undergraduates), David Sciulli's book is the first to explain not only how but also why Amitai Etzioni’s publications evolved from his dissertation to Active Society and Socio-Economics to Communitarianism.
Thomas Scheffer, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
This book explores the working of law and lawyers down to their very details and minituae.
Edited by Leonardo Morlino, Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane, Florence and Gianluigi Palombella, Università di Parma and New York University
Through a reappraisal of rule of law and democracy the contributors provide for a fresh set of inquiries, from the State, consolidated and transitional democracies, to interstate, European and global scenarios. They converge in tackling empirical and normative questions, and suggest further ...
Edited by Thomas Scheffer, Humboldt University Berlin and Jörg Niewöhner, Humboldt University Berlin
In ethnographic inquiry, comparing is fraught with difficulties, never complete and often fails. Yet it remains a strangely productive mode of working. Thick comparison develops and reflects on the production of comparability as a fruitful process in ethnographic research.
Imtiaz Hussain, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico
A comparative study is made of how conflict-terminating negotiations led to maiden democratic elections in Afghanistan and Iraq, pointing various thresholds out through specific chapters, invoking negotiations theories/stages to deepen interpretations, and prospecting the Bush Doctrine's future ...
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