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Bousquet, Antoine (2012) War. In: Amenta, E. and Nash, K. and Scott, A. (eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology. Hoboken, U.S.: Wiley Blackwell, pp. 180-189. ISBN 9781444355079.

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The study of war as an object of social theory has in recent decades finally begun to receive the attention that such an enduring and multi-faceted phenomenon merits. Indeed, the history of armed conflict is closely connected to the emergence of the modern world, the rise of the nation-state and the development of industrial capitalism, as the work of prominent historical sociologists has now shown. The ways in which societies fight and organise military force can thus shed invaluable light on their wider social and cultural dynamics, revealing the workings of some of their most intimate mechanisms of social power and the roles played by discipline, rationalisation and technoscience. Further analytical challenges await those scholars seeking to grapple with the ongoing transformations of war in a globalising world, from the changing relations of military institutions to civil society in the developed world to the occurrence of “new wars” and the resurgence of non-state actors contesting the state’s monopoly on violence.

Item Type: Book Section
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
Depositing User: Antoine Bousquet
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2012 07:53
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33

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