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ASA Award for David Swartz’s ‘Symbolic Power, Politics, and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu’

Professor David Swartz’s Symbolic Power, Politics, and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu is the co-winner of the American Sociological Association’s 2014 History of Sociology Section Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award. This award “honors sociologists who have made significant contributions to the history of sociology by writing books or articles on the ‘cutting edge’ of sociological inquiry.” In his notice of the award, Chair Elect of the History of Sociology Section Neil Gross quoted the award committee in describing Symbolic Power as showing ”clearly how much Bourdieu has ‘to give to a sociology of politics and a political sociology’–and how central politics was in Bourdieu’s intellectual biography.”

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New publication “Voices of Globalization”

Barbara Wejnert (Ed.), Voices of Globalization, Emerald Group Publishing, 2013 Vol. 21 of the Research in Political Sociology series Synopsis: This volume addresses issues of modern globalized development posing a question whether it symbolizes progress or regress for world’s societies.  Papers focus on economic and political issues experienced by countries at this time of rapid diffusion of democracy and of the global market economy. A range of pertinent political issues are discussed, such as international migration, environmental protection and green energy, human rights, tolerance and equality, and economic justice. The concluding chapter provides a summary of presented topics in form of … Continue reading

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New book: Symbolic Power, Politics, and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu

Symbolic Power, Politics, and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu, by David L. Swartz. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2013 Power is the central organizing principle of all social life, from culture and education to stratification and taste. And there is no more prominent name in the analysis of power than that of noted sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. Throughout his career, Bourdieu challenged the commonly held view that symbolic power—the power to dominate—is solely symbolic. He emphasized that symbolic power helps create and maintain social hierarchies, which form the very bedrock of political life. By the time of his death … Continue reading

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New publication: Bourdieu in International Relations

Bourdieu in International Relations. Rethinking Key Concepts in IR Edited by Rebecca Adler-Nissen, Routledge, 2012 This book rethinks the key concepts of International Relations by drawing on the work of Pierre Bourdieu. The last few years have seen a genuine wave of publications promoting sociology in international relations. Scholars have suggested that Bourdieu’s vocabulary can be applied to study security, diplomacy, migration and global environmental politics. Yet we still lack a systematic and accessible analysis of what Bourdieu-inspired IR might look like. This book provides the answer. It offers an introduction to Bourdieu’s thinking to a wider IR audience, challenges … Continue reading

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New publication: A Political Sociology of Transnational Europe

A Political Sociology of Transnational Europe Edited by Niilo Kauppi, ECPR Press, 2013 This volume presents cutting-edge, theoretically ambitious studies in political sociology by first-rate European scholars that deal with some of the major challenges European societies and politics are facing. These have to do with globalisation and complex Europeanisation, which have contributed to restructuring the European nation-state and redefining political power. Accounting for these transformations requires revisiting traditional objects of political science such as state sovereignty, civil society and citizenship. While doing this, the studies of this volume join sophisticated empirical analyses with methodological and conceptual innovations such as … Continue reading

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New publication: Transnational Power Elites

Transnational Power Elites. The new professionals of governance, law and security. Edited by Niilo Kauppi and Mikael Rask Madsen, Routledge, 2013 This book argues that European Union institutional mechanics and the EU as a political unit cannot be properly understood without taking into account the elites that make the policy decisions. Spurred by globalisation, technological and economic development has provided the backbone for social and political transformations that have changed the social structures that unite and differentiate individuals and groups in Europe and their interface with extra-European actors. These developments are not only exemplified by the rise of the EU, … Continue reading

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Bourdieu and the International

The latest issue of International Political Sociology (5,3) is dedicated to Bourdieu and the international. Find more information on the journal and the special issue here and here

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Political Sociology: Oppression, Resistance, and the State

Davita Silfen Glasberg, Deric Shannon, Political Sociology: Oppression, Resistance, and the State, London, Sage, 2011 Taking a multidimensional approach, this book emphasizes the interplay between power, inequality, multiple oppressions, and the state. This framework provides students with a unique focus on the structure of power and inequality in society today.     Table of contents: Preface Chapter 1 – Power, Oppression, and the State: An Introduction Chapter 2 – From the Top Down? Power Structure Theories Chapter 3 -“Is This the Best or Only Possible World?” Oppression and Socialization Chapter 4 – Power to the People? Voting and Electoral Participation Chapter … Continue reading

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Contemporary Political Sociology: Globalization, Politics, and Power

Kate Nash, Contemporary Political Sociology: Globalization, Politics, and Power, Second Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Malden MA, Oxford, 2010 This fully revised and updated introduction to political sociology incorporates the burgeoning literature on globalization and shows how contemporary politics is linked to cultural issues, social structure and democratizing social action. The second edition includes new material on global governance, human rights, global social movements, global media, a new discussion of democracy and democratization, and clearly lays out what is at stake in deciding between alternatives of cosmopolitanism, imperialism and nationalism. Includes additional discussion of the importance of studying culture to political sociology.

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Racial Criminalization of Migrants in the 21st Century

Salvatore Palidda (Ed), Racial Criminalization of Migrants in the 21st Century, Farnham, Ashaget, 2010 Over the last two decades in the West, there has been a significant increase in the arrest, imprisonment and detention of migrants. The racial criminalization and victimization of migrants and Roma people has led judicial authorities, local governments, the police, mass media and the general population to perceive migrants and ‘gypsies’ as responsible for a wide range of offences. Taking into consideration the political and cultural conditions that affect and interconnect societies of emigration and immigration, the contributors examine and compare a range of cases in … Continue reading

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