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Global Modernity and Social Contestation
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Global Modernity and Social Contestation

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© 2015 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"A new generation of truly global sociology, grappling with the contemporary world through the lenses of critique, contestation, and social movements. A significant contribution."
- Göran Therborn, University of Cambridge


"This is a truly global and politically challenging book, bringing together top level researchers and sharply tackling its themes. People from every corner of the planet and from all walks in the social sciences will surely profit from reading it."

- Carolina Mera, University of Buenos Aires


How can we link contemporary social processes – which have typically been theorized in terms of the concept of modernity – with contemporary social movements, conflicts, and mobilizations which aim at social change? This text:

  • links the social theory of modernity to critical theory and to recent class and citizenship politics as well as to identity politics
  • uses concrete social processes to illustrate theoretical discussion with relevant empirical studies and applies theoretical analysis to different interactions, tensions and possibilities to provide an integrated understanding of global modernity and social contestation
  • includes contributions from distinguished international scholars working in sociological theory and modernity, as well as social movement studies and political contestation, with a strong emphasis on global issues

This is a key resource for research in both social theory  and the sociology of modernity, as well as social movements and social contestation, and readers interested in globalization and global studies.

Breno Bringel & José Mauricio Domingues
Introduction
 
PART I: RETHINKING MODERNITY THROUGH SOCIAL CONTESTATION
Peter Wagner
Chapter 1: Modernity and Critique - Elements of a World-Sociology
Sujata Patel
Chapter 2: The Global Transition and the Challenge to Social Sciences
Chun Lin
Chapter 3: Modernity and the Violence of Global Accumulation - The Ethnic Question in China
G. Aloysius
Chapter 4: Demystifying Modernity - In Defence of a Singular and Normative Ideal
José Mauricio Domingues
Chapter 5: Vicissitudes and Potentialities of Critical Theory
 
PART II: RETHINKING SOCIAL CONTESTATION THROUGH MODERNITY
Geoffrey Pleyers
Chapter 6: The Global Age - A Social Movement Perspective
Breno Bringel
Chapter 7: Social Movements and Contemporary Modernity - Internationalism and Patterns of Global Contestation
Elisio Macamo
Chapter 8: Global Modernity, Social Criticism and the Local Intelligibility of Contestation in Mozambique
Sarah ben Néfissa
Chapter 9: Globalised Modernity, Contestations and Revolutions - The Cases of Egypt and Tunisia
Luis Tapia
Chapter 10: Modernity, Cultural Diversity and Social Contestation
 
PART III: BORDERS OF MODERNITY AND FRONTIERS OF EXCLUSION - RIGHTS, CITIZENSHIP AND CONTESTATION IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
Craig Browne
Chapter 11: Half-Positions and Social Contestation - On the Dynamics of Exclusionary Integration
Heriberto Cairo & Keina Espiñeira
Chapter 12: Abyssal Lines and Contestation in the Construction of Modern Europe - A De-colonial Perspective of the Spanish Case
Gabriela Delamata
Chapter 13: From International Legality to Local Struggle - How and Why Human Rights Matters to Social Movements in Argentine Democracy
Marcelle Dawson
Chapter 14: Social Contestation and Substantive Citizenship - Popular Mobilization in South Africa’s Modern State

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