This book deals with the political and economic dimensions of 20th-century industrialized formations. Its main focus is on Britain, but there is also coverage of North America, Japan and continental Europe. The section of the political dimensions looks at the process of democratization, the practice of citizenship, and the impact of new social movements on political culture. The economic section looks at the organization of production - Fordism, neo-Fordism and flexible specialization - changing national and international divisions of labour and their impact on class, gender and race relations, and the experiences of control and power in work. Each chapter is supported by selected readings from major classical and contemporary social theorists.
- Part 1 Political dimensions: democratization, Paul Lewis
- ,the state in an advanced industrial society, Tony McGrew
- political culture and social movements, Alan Scott
- citizenship and the welfare state, Denise Riley. Part 2 Economic Dimensions: economic organization and corporate strategies, Graeme Salaman
- occupationnal shifts and division of labour, Peter Braham
- social divisions, Harriet Bradley
- power, conflict and control at work, Diane Watson.
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This major introductory textbook examines the political and economic dimensions of twentieth-century industrialised societies. The main themes include; the development of democracy, the role of the state, the nature of citizenship, the impact of new social movements, the organisation of production, the national and international division of labour and the experience of power and control in work. While the primary focus is on Britain, there is a strong comparative emphasis with reference to Japan, North America, Western and Eastern Europe.
Designed as an introduction to modern societies and modern sociological analyses, this book is of value to students on a wide variety of social science courses in universities and colleges, and also to readers with no prior knowledge of sociology. Selected readings from a wide range of social theorists (for example, Goran Therborn, Norberto Bobbio, Ralph Miliband, Bryan Turner, T.H. Marshall, Carole Pateman and Christel Lane) are integrated in each chapter, together with student questions and exercises.
Political and Economic Forms of Modernity is the second volume in a series of four books which form the basic study materials of an Open University course entitled Understanding Modern Societies. Together the books provide a comprehensive and stimulating introduction to sociology, drawing on new developments and current debates.
1. Democracy in Modern Societies: Paul Lewis.
2. The State in Advanced Capitalist Societies: Anthony McGrew.
3. Political Culture and Social Movements: Alan Scott.
4. Citizenship and the Welfare State: Denise Riley.
5. Fordism and Modern Industry: John Allan.
6. The Divisions of Labour and Occupational Change: Peter Braham.
7. Work Design and Corporate Strategies: Graeme Salaman.
8. Power, Conflict and Control at Work: Diane Watson.
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