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Social Theory, The State and Modern Society,9780335214266

Social Theory, The State and Modern Society

Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 9/1/2007
Publisher(s): Open University Press
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The background to this study is the growth of academic interest in the state after the 1950s. Theorising of the state has not remained static. There has in recent decades been a proliferation of approaches that have redefined our understanding of political power and the state. However, there are no generic studies, of the type that are commonplace for social theory, that cover recent analytical developments in theories of the state. This text fills this gap by comparing different contemporary approaches to the state. These contemporary state theories have philosophical and theoretical antecedents that can be traced to post-classical social and political thought: their influences can be traced to feminism, poststructuralism, cultural theory, network analysis rather than to Marx, Weber or Durkheim, although this is far from being an exclusive and water-tight distinction. These new theoretical currents have debunked and challenged many cosy academic assumptions about the state, had become rooted in social and political thought. They have done this through the use of innovative theoretical concepts and an original analytical vernacular. These challenges have, in some quarters, been portrayed as attempts to abandon or jettison the state from academic analysis. This is far from the truth. New approaches have endeavoured to demystify or even deconstruct the state but not disavow the contemporary state from social theory.

Author Biography

Michael Marinetto is Lecturer in Public Management in the Business School at Cardiff University, UK.

Table of Contents

Series Editor Foreword
Introduction: Contemporary state theory in contextp. 1
Modern explorationsp. 11
The poststructural statep. 31
Governance and the decentred statep. 52
The gendered statep. 73
The cultural turn in state theoryp. 96
The state in a global contextp. 119
Conclusion: The past, present and future of state theoryp. 143
Referencesp. 150
Indexp. 167
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