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Contemporary Economic Sociology : Globalization, Production, Inequality - Fran Tonkiss

Contemporary Economic Sociology

Globalization, Production, Inequality

Hardcover Published: 6th April 2006
ISBN: 9780415300933
Number Of Pages: 196

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Contemporary Economic Sociology closely examines critical and contemporary issues in the sociology of economic life.

Bringing together a range of theoretical perspectives, Fran Tonkiss examines major shifts in the organization of economy and society - from the politics of globalization to the cultural economy, social exclusion and the 'end' of class. This new volume is organized around three core themes (globalization, production and inequality) and answers the questions:

  • how are transnational processes re-making contemporary economies?

  • can capitalist globalization be governed or resisted?

  • do class relations still shape people's social identities?

  • how can we think about inequality in national and international contexts?

Key changes in each of these domains raise new challenges for analyzing social and economic relations, power, agency and identity. Setting these changes in a transnational context, this book examines how these issues are being re-shaped in contemporary societies, and explores competing frameworks for understanding such changes. Drawing on arguments from economic sociology, politics and policy studies, political economy and critical geography, the text focuses on both conceptual approaches to the social study of the economy, and trans-national processes of social and economic restructuring.

The arguments provide a critical overview of current concerns for economic sociology, and extend the boundaries of the discipline to a new set of questions. The text is particularly relevant to undergraduate and graduate students and scholars in the fields of economic and political sociology, politics and government, geography, economics and international relations.

Introductionp. vii
Economic globalisationp. 1
Capitalism and globalisationp. 3
Economic globalisationp. 4
The capitalist world economyp. 9
The 'new imperialism': accumulation by dispossessionp. 16
Globalisation as the new imperialism?p. 24
A new global economy?p. 29
The globalisation 'myth'p. 30
Modes of global integrationp. 38
The economy of signs, flows and networksp. 39
Global 'scapes'p. 41
The network economy: Castellsp. 43
The politics of economic globalisation: governance and resistancep. 54
Globalisation and the question of governancep. 55
The 'crisis' of the nation statep. 56
International economic governancep. 61
Civil society and economic governancep. 71
Anti-globalisation movementsp. 78
Productionp. 85
Fordism and afterp. 87
Fordismp. 88
The crisis of Fordismp. 93
After Fordismp. 95
Post-Fordist problemsp. 101
Knowledge, information, signsp. 105
Post-industrial society: the economic role of knowledgep. 106
Information societyp. 110
The 'economy of signs'p. 112
From non-material products to 'nothings'p. 119
Culture and economyp. 121
Summary of key changesp. 124
Social identities and economic divisionsp. 127
Classp. 129
Neo-Marxist accountsp. 130
Weberian analysis: market position and statusp. 133
Changing formations of class and workp. 141
Class in a global contextp. 150
Inequalityp. 157
Inequality 'after' classp. 158
Structures of inequalityp. 163
Global inequalitiesp. 165
Poverty, inequality, insecurity: challenges for human developmentp. 169
Bibliographyp. 174
Indexp. 191
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ISBN: 9780415300933
ISBN-10: 0415300932
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 6th April 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 16.05  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1