By Alain Touraine
Touraine is likely one of the best social thinkers on this planet this day and lots of of his books were released in English.In this booklet Touraine provides a brand new theoretical framework for knowing the modern international. it's a large theoretical paintings which seeks to make experience of daily adventure in the beginning of the twenty first century.This is an important new theoretical paintings by way of one of many prime sociologists on the planet today.A nice reference publication for these learning sociology and social concept at any point.
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The transnational elite has an economic project and a political counterpart to that project. The economic project is neo-liberalism, a model which seeks to achieve conditions for the total mobility of capital. This model includes the elimination of state intervention in the economy and of the regulation by individual nation-states of the activity of capital in their territories. ) as an essential requisite for the activity of transnational capital, which must harmonize a wide range of fiscal, monetary, and industrial policies among multiple nations if it is to be able to function simultaneously, and often instantaneously, across numerous national borders.
11 The hegemony of a ruling class or fraction is exercised in civil society, as distinct from its coercive power exercised through the state. Civil society is the arena of those social relationships which 22 From "straight power concepts" to "persuasion" are based on consent - political parties, trade unions, civic (voluntary) associations, the family, and so forth. Gramsci originally developed the concept of hegemony in its appli cation to relations among classes and social groups within a nation.
Thomas R. " Accordingly, foreign policy reflects the interests of pluralist majorities. Most realists share with pluralists the dichotomy between state and society. 15 Foreign policy is managed by state actors who, operating independently of backward linkage to society, face a competitive state system in an anarchic world. However, the empirical evidence weighs heavily in favor of elitist and class models of political power. 16 The state is conceived as institutionalized social relations, not as an independent unit linked externally to society through its functions but as an organic expression of the social structure itself.