State/Culture State-Formation after the Cultural Turn

ISBN-10: 0801485339

ISBN-13: 9780801485336

Edition: 1999

Authors: George Steinmetz

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What impact does culture have on state-formation and public policy? How do states affect national and local cultures? How is the ongoing cultural turn in theory reshaping our understanding of the Western and modernizing states, long viewed as the radiant core of a universal, context-free rationality? This eagerly awaited volume brings together pioneering scholars who reexamine the sociology of the state and historical processes of state-formation in light of developments in cultural analysis. The volume first examines some of the unsatisfying ways in which cultural processes have been discussed in social science literature on the state. It demonstrates new and sophisticated approaches to understanding both the role culture plays in the formation of states and the state's influence on broad cultural developments. The book includes theoretical essays and empirical studies; the latter essays are concerned with early modern European nations, non-European countries undergoing political modernization, and twentieth-century Western nation-states. A wide range of perspectives are presented in order to delineate this emergent area of research. Together the essays constitute an agenda-setting work for the social sciences.
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Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 6/10/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Introduction Culture and the State
State/Culture: Theoretical Approaches
Rethinking the State: Genesis and Structure of the Bureaucratic Field
Society, Economy, and the State Effect
Culture in Rational-Choice Theories of State-Formation
The Changing Cultural Content of the Nation-State: a World Society Perspective
Culture and Early Modern State-Formation
Calvinism and State-Formation in Early Modern Europe
Nationalism, Universal Monarchy, and the Glorious Revolution
Culture and the Modernization/ Westernization of Non-European States
The Subvention of Tradition: a Genealogy of the Nigerian Durbar
Revolution and State Culture: The Circle of Justice and Constitutionalism in 1906 Iran
Culture and the Modern Western State
The Cultural Elements of Ethnically Mixed States: Nationality Re-Formation in the Soviet Successor States
Motherhood, Work, and Welfare in the United States, Britain, Canada, and Australia
Political Belonging: Emotion, Nation, and Identity in Fascist Italy
Narrating the Future of the National Economy and the National State: Remarks on Remapping Regulation and Reinventing Governance
Epilogue: Now Where?
Name Index
Subject Index
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