Identity, Culture and Globalization

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Eliézer Ben Rafael, Yitzhak Sternberg
BRILL, Jan 1, 2002 - Social Science - 697 pages
This book is about contemporary sociological analysis: its discussions, contradictions and controversies. Authors from various backgrounds discuss developments on all continents. The 34 contributions are centered on six themes. The first is multiple modernities, showing us that there is no single road to the modernization of societies. The second theme is globalization, with new concepts like spatialization, world languages and new social movements. In part three, multiculturalism and diaspora movements are viewed as the pivotal factors for change in many societies. The fourth theme is the decline of the accountability of the state, concentrating on the shortcomings of traditional states and the emergence of new resources. In part five, the concept of postmodernity is discussed from the angles of identity, social reality, detachment and legacy. Finally, the sixth part, 'Toward a New Agenda' looks into the future and lets sociology (or rather social knowledge) play a major part in today's society. This volume is a rich collection of practical examples and solid arguments by some of the best sociologists in the world.
 

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Contents

ALAIN TourAINE The new capitalist society
15
BRYAN S TURNER Postmodernity cosmopolitanism
30
Introduction
157
AYSEGUL BAYKAN AND Roland Robertson Spatializing
177
BENYAMIN NEUBERGER Democracy and democratization
193
ABRAM DE Swa AN A Political sociology of the world
205
MoHAMED BENRABAH Language and modernity in Algeria
219
the linguistic dimension
337
Introduction
443
ZYGMUNT BAUMAN Identity in the globalizing world
483
identity
527
MASAMICHI SASAki Modernity and postmodernity
543
Introduction
571
ERwiN K SchEUCH Sociology as the heir of the social
589
KARIN KNORR CETINA Transitions in postsocial knowledge
611
Epilogue
629

Y MICHAL BoDEMANN Ethnicity cosmopolitanized? The
353
Introduction
373
ILANA F SILBER The giftrelationship in an era of loose
385
Eva EtzioniHALEvy The elite connection in Israel
427
List of Contributors
673
Index of Matters
683
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Eliezer Ben-Rafael, Ph.D. (1974) in Sociology, University of Jerusalem, is Weinberg Professor of Sociology at Tel-Aviv University. He has published on ethnicity and language in Israel, and Jewish identities, including Language, Identity and Social Division (Clarendon, 1994) and Ethnicity, Religion and Class in Israel (with S. Sharot, Cambridge University Press, 1991)

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