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Social Science Perspectives on the Changing Geography of the World Politics
This anthology unites in one volume two studies of the Greater Middle East in global politics – each conceptual and empirical. First, it is a historical-comparative study of politics and societies in selected Greater Middle Eastern countries from Napoleon’s invasion of Ottoman Egypt in 1798 up until today. It addresses development and change in these societies as results of the complex interactions between external developments, the rise and expansion of European industrialized powers, and internal developments, the disintegration of Islamic Empires, their transformation into nation-states, and their efforts to industrialize and modernize. Second, it is an empirical case study of states and societies of the Greater Middle East in global politics, addressing themes such as nationalism, revolution, political Islam, democracy, globalization, regionalism, revolution, war, energy, and conflict and cooperation. The book is comprised of three parts and nineteen chapters. Contributors include: Mehdi Parvizi Amineh, Simon Bromley, Robert M. Cutler, Louisa Dris-Aït-Hamadouche, S.N. Eisenstadt, Femke Hoogeveen, Henk Houweling, B.M. Jain, Mehran Kamrava, Roger Kangas, Fred H. Lawson, Prithvi Ram Mudiam, Nilgun Onder, Wilbur Perlot, Richard Pomfret, Kurt W. Radtke, Mirzohid Rahimov, Eva Patricia Rakel, and Yahia H. Zoubir.
The project of applying general systems theory to social sciences is crucial in today’s crisis when social and ecological systems clash. This book concretely demonstrates the necessity of a Marxist approach to this challenge, notably in asserting agency (struggle) as against determinism. It similarly shows how Marxism can be reinvigorated from a systems perspective. Drawing on his experience in both international systems and low-input agriculture, Biel explores the interaction of social and physical systems, using the conceptual tools of thermodynamics and information. He reveals the early twenty-first century as a period when capitalism starts parasitising on the chaos it itself creates, notably in the link between the two sides of imperialism: militarism (the ‘war on terror’) and speculative finance capital.
Challenges and Opportunities in the Post 9/11 Era
This volume examines the emergence of the movement of resistance that has arisen to challenge neoliberal forms of globalization. The co-authors of this book describe how workers, environmentalists, human rights activists, and a wide variety of other groups have joined together to protest against institutions such as the WTO, the IMF, and the World Bank. Ongoing challenges facing the movement are objectively reviewed. Authors also highlight the continuing vitality of the movement in the post 9/11 period. By providing a collection of social scientific analyses, this volume significantly advances our understanding of what is probably the most important progressive movement of our time.
What is missing in the mounting literature on globalization is a focused theoretical foundation with parallel empirical examinations of global structures and their environmental consequences. The articles in this volume examine how the world-economy and related non-economic forms of global structuring impact the natural environment and the living conditions of human populations living across the globe. Environmental dynamics in areas as diverse as Ancient Egypt and the Modern Amazon are presented for readers who are new to the world-systems approach and for others interested in recent efforts to link environmental outcomes and antecedents to global processes.
Towards a Marxist Poetics
This book develops a Marxist theory of literary style. The first part explains why Raymond Williams, Terry Eagleton and Fredric Jameson came to see style as central to political criticism. It delineates the historical and conceptual preconditions for the emergence of a ‘politics of style’, and uncovers an underground current of stylistics within the Marxist tradition from Marx to Barthes. The second part sets out precisely what each thinker has written on style and demonstrates how this came to figure in their overall intellectual and political projects, focusing above all on a detailed reconstruction of Williams’s best-known concept, the ‘structure of feeling’. Finally, the third part sets out an independent theory of style and makes an ambitious attempt to establish it as a foundational element of a new Marxist poetics.

not affirm himself but denies himself … does not develop freely his physical and mental energy but mortifies his body and ruins his mind” (1988: 72). Roberts points to similar passages in The Gay Science , Twilight of the Idols , Daybreak , and other texts, noting that, for Nietzsche, “an ample

In: Nietzsche and Critical Social Theory

, in the period of the greatest abundance of ‘private’ energies in society, brought about the hegemony of the urban class over the whole population in the Hegelian form of government with permanently organized consent (with the organization being left to private initiative and thus having a moral or

In: Gramsci’s Laboratory

minimum wage, and has been a critic of efforts by the Obama administration to update the rules for overtime-pay eligibility (he was forced to drop out of contention). And Rick Perry, a tool of Texas oil interests, named to head Trump’s Department of Energy, has called for the elimination of the very

In: Nietzsche and Critical Social Theory

content, but unhappy, does not develop freely his physical and mental energy, but mortifies his body and ruins his mind. marx 1975 : 274 Along these lines, scholarship production as an employment prerequisite certainly appears to engender creative alienation. In the academe, for instance, scholarship

In: The Bourgeois Charm of Karl Marx & the Ideological Irony of American Jurisprudence

man … governs the human metabolism with nature … bringing it under their collective control instead of being dominated by it as a blind power; accomplishing this with the least expenditure of energy … But this always remains a realm of necessity. The true realm of freedom, the development of human

In: Nietzsche and Critical Social Theory