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Globalization and the State
Sociological Perspectives on the State of the State
Edited by Willem Schinkel
 
 
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30 Jan 2009
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Internationally renowned scholars, including Zygmunt Bauman, Saskia Sassen, Loic Wacquant and Craig Calhoun, come together in this exciting new collection to debate the 'state of the state' in an age of globalization.  The 'crisis' of the nation state has been widely debated, but this collection argues that so far this debate has failed to understand the complexities of the impact of a globalized world system. 

Arguing for the continued relevance of the state as the key politico-juridical institution, this book shows how, rather than being an irrelevance or redundant, it has undergone a period of transformation from 'welfare' state to 'penal' state. In other words, the state should be understood as a 'social hypochondriac', increasingly occupied with monitoring and control, and placing high emphasis on its juridical apparatus of surveillance, secured borders and penality in order to reconfigure its position and status: globalization offers opportunities, as well as challenges, for the state to re-imagine and recreate itself.

Focusing on key themes including global financial markets, migration, nationalism, cosmopolitanism, terrorism, Europeanization and populism, this important collection will shed fresh light on debates surrounding globalization and the state. 


Description

Internationally renowned scholars, including Zygmunt Bauman, Saskia Sassen, Loic Wacquant and Craig Calhoun, come together in this exciting new collection to debate the 'state of the state' in an age of globalization.  The 'crisis' of the nation state has been widely debated, but this collection argues that so far this debate has failed to understand the complexities of the impact of a globalized world system. 

Arguing for the continued relevance of the state as the key politico-juridical institution, this book shows how, rather than being an irrelevance or redundant, it has undergone a period of transformation from 'welfare' state to 'penal' state. In other words, the state should be understood as a 'social hypochondriac', increasingly occupied with monitoring and control, and placing high emphasis on its juridical apparatus of surveillance, secured borders and penality in order to reconfigure its position and status: globalization offers opportunities, as well as challenges, for the state to re-imagine and recreate itself.

Focusing on key themes including global financial markets, migration, nationalism, cosmopolitanism, terrorism, Europeanization and populism, this important collection will shed fresh light on debates surrounding globalization and the state. 


Reviews


This is a compelling collection of essays, marked by both breadth and depth as well as numerous insights and penetrating commentary.
James N. Rosenau, The George Washington University, USA.


Contents

Notes on the contributors
Dignitas non moritur? The State of the State in an Age of Social Hypochondria; W. Schinkel
The State and Globalization: Denationalized Participation and More Executive Powers; S. Sassen
The Monitoring State and Financial Markets; M. Noordegraaf and L. Noordegraff-Eelens
Framing the Sovereignty of 'The Democratic State' Sociologically: Reflections on the Political System, Contemporary Populism and Democracy; R. Laermans
The Demons of an Open Society; Z. Bauman
Add a Little Europe for Extra National Strength? The Europeanization of Justice and Home Affairs; D. Broeders
Irregular Migration, Criminality, and the State; G. Engbersen
The Transformation of the Welfare State: What is Left of Public Responsibility?; R. van der Veen
The New Mission of the Penal State; L. Wacquant
Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism; C. Calhoun
Conclusion: Towards a Sociological Theory of the State?; W. Schinkel


Authors

WILLEM SCHINKEL is Assistant Professor of Theoretical Sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He has published books and articles in the fields of Theoretical Sociology, the Sociology of Violence and the Sociology of Art.