1st Edition

Political Sociology in a Global Era An Introduction to the State and Society

By Berch Berberoglu Copyright 2013
    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    Political Sociology in a Global Era provides a critical analysis of the origins, nature, development, and transformation of the state and society historically and today, examining the class nature and social basis of politics and the state in different societal settings. The book emphasizes the centrality of class relations in explaining political power and the role of the state in class-divided societies by providing powerful theoretical and empirical analyses of themes in political sociology in an era of globalization. It examines in detail the major political issues and events of our time, and makes them relevant to the study of power and politics today. Some of the features of this text include: Introduces a global political sociology emphasizing the dynamics of power relations Provides a critical analysis of the role of politics and the state within the world-historical process Describes classical and contemporary theories of politics and the state Explains the origins and development of the state, discussing the nature of the state, its class basis, and contradictions in different types of societies Considers the dynamics of the capitalist state and traces its development in Europe and the United States from the 18th century to the present Details the role of the advanced capitalist state in the global political economy at the current, advanced stage of late capitalism Discusses the social movements that have been actively struggling against the capitalist state from earlier times to the present, including the Arab Spring, focusing on recent developments in both advanced capitalist and less-developed capitalist societies where mobilization of the masses has led to struggles against the capitalist state on a global scale Offers an original analysis of global capitalism and places it in the context of the current crisis of the global capitalist system

    Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Conventional Theories of State 2. Marxist Theory of the State 3. The Origins and Development of the State 4. The Capitalist State: Its Nature and Contradictions 5. The Crisis of the Advance Capitalist State 6. The State in Less-Developed Countries 7. Social Movements and the State in a Global Era 8. Class, State, and Power: Social Change and Transformation Conclusion References About the Author Index


    Dr. Berch Berberoglu is Foundation Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he has been teaching and conducting research for the past thirty-five years. Dr. Berberoglu has written and edited twenty-eight books and many articles on topics related to political sociology, the state, globalization, and the political economy of class and class conflict on a global scale. His most recent books include The Globalization of Capital and the Nation-State; Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict: Class, State, and Nation in the Age of Globalization; Globalization and Change: The Transformation of Global Capitalism; The State and Revolution in the Twentieth Century: Major Social Transformations of Our Time; Class and Class Conflict in the Age of Globalization; and Globalization in the 21st Century: Labor, Capital, and the State on a World Scale. Dr. Berberoglu’s areas of specialization include political sociology, political economy, globalization, class analysis, development, and comparative historical sociology. His most recent book, Beyond the Global Capitalist Crisis: The World Economy in Transition, was published in 2012. He is currently working on a new book, America Beyond Empire: The Promise and the Vision for a New America in the 21st Century, which will be published by Paradigm in 2013. Dr. Berberoglu received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Oregon in 1977 and his BA and MA from Central Michigan University in 1972 and 1974, respectively. He also did graduate studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton in the early 1970s.

    "Award-winning scholar Berch Berberoglu has written a brilliant historical synthesis of the nature, role and, contradictions of the capitalist state and class structure from a world-historical perspective. This study, based on historical and contemporary empirical case studies, is likely to become a classic text in the teaching of political sociology."
    --James Petras, Bartle Professor Emeritus, Binghamton University, New York

    "Well researched and richly grounded in both political theory and historical reality, Berberoglu's book will sharpen our understanding of class relations and the nature of state power. Written with precision, depth, and admirable clarity."
    --Michael Parenti, author of Democracy for the Few and The Face of Imperialism