Critical theory and sociological theory: on late modernity and social statehood

Schecter, Darrow (2019) Critical theory and sociological theory: on late modernity and social statehood. Critical Theory and Contemporary Society . Manchester University Press, Manchester. ISBN 9781526105844

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Abstract

Democracy in the twenty-first century faces a number of major challenges, populism, neoliberalism and globalisation being three of the most prominent. This book examines such challenges by investigating how the conditions of democratic statehood have been altered at several key historical intervals since 1945. It demonstrates that the formal mechanisms of democratic statehood, such as elections, have always been complemented by civic, cultural, educational, socio-economic and constitutional institutions that mediate between citizens and state authority. Rearticulating critical theory with a contemporary focus, the book shows why a sociological approach is urgently needed to address conceptual deficits and explain how the formal mechanisms of democratic statehood need to be complemented and updated in new ways today.

Item Type: Edited Book
Keywords: critical theory, functional differentiation, statehood, historical bloc, mixed constitutions, mediation, mediated unity, democracy, world society, social systems, social statehood
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Social and Political Thought
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0481 Theory. Method. Relations to other subjects > HM0487 Historical sociology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0701 Social systems
J Political Science > JC Political theory. The state. Theories of the state
Depositing User: Darrow Schecter
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2019 14:52
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2019 14:52
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/85631
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