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An Anatomy of Power: The Social Theory of Michael Mann by John A. Hall, Ralph Schroeder

By John A. Hall, Ralph Schroeder

Michael Mann is without doubt one of the such a lot influential sociologists of modern a long time. His paintings has had an important effect in sociology, historical past, political technology, diplomacy and different social technology disciplines. during this quantity, his paintings has been systematically and significantly assessed by way of distinctive students who take inventory of Mann's total process and of his account of specific classes and old instances. This well timed quantity additionally includes Mann's answer the place he solutions his critics and forcefully restates his place. it's going to entice students around the social sciences.

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The issue is to be able to see the scope of the social unit as a variable. Mann solves this problem by treating the four kinds of power networks as of varying and overlapping geographical scope. Each network spreads out in space, and has its own intensity of flows and exchanges. But the different networks need not have the same extensiveness, nor the same intensity. Mann discusses this problem in posing the question of what is the leading or pattern-setting power network at a particular historical epoch.

Ancient Judaism. New York: Free Press. White, H. C. 2002. Markets from Networks: Socioeconomic Models of Production. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Zelizer, V. 1994. The Social Meaning of Money. New York: Basic Books. 3 Political questions John A. Hall No sociological enterprise of this magnitude has ever been undertaken that was not animated by some – tacit or implicit – political passion. One waits absorbed to see what that will prove to be. (Anderson 1986: 176) Great treatises do indeed contain images of good and evil, of limits to our options given the constraints of social structure.

Functionalist and cultural anthropologists projected it onto tribal societies, disregarding or minimizing their relationships with other tribes; nationalist historians, even in parts of the world where states were clearly riven with ethnic and other divisions, projected the ideal backwards in picking out a clear channel of national development leading up to the unified society even if it were still a future project. Mann’s conception of power networks provides a way of reconceptualizing the units that social scientists work with.

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