Sociology as a discipline is coming to terms with two key trends in the contemporary world. The first is the increasing interpenetration of national traditions, cultures and economies through global change. The second is a simultaneous process in which a distinctive international sociology has been developing with contributors from a variety of national cultures. Sociology must analyze the social processes involved in globalization; at the same time it is itself responding to, and shaped by, those processes. This book addresses the issues involved in the development of sociology as a global discipline. Classic issues of relativism and universalism are raised in a new context. The related problems of tensions between national sociological traditions and the international discipline are explored. Finally the book considers the transnational process of social change, particularly as exemplified in international actors such as the Green and peace movements.
This volume, drawing on papers from "International Sociology", addresses key questions for all those interested either in the nature of contemporary social change or in the challenge to sociology and other disciplines posed by such change.
`The republication of fifteen papers from International Sociology is to be welcomed not least because it is a testimonial to Albrow's adept editorship of that journal' - @Contemporary Sociology