Power of Identity 2e
The book analyzes the importance of cultural, religious and national identity as sources of meaning for people, and its implications for social movements. It studies grassroots mobilizations against unfettered globalization of wealth and power; it researches on the formation of alternative projects of social organization, as represented by the environmental movement and by the women's movement. It also analyzes the crisis of the nation-state and its transformation in a network state, and studies the crisis of political democracies resulting from the difficulties of international governance and from the submission of political representation to the dictates of media politics and the politics of scandal.
This substantially expanded second edition updates and elaborates the analysis of these themes, adding new sections on Al Qaeda and global terrorist networks, on the anti-globalization movement, on American unilateralism and the conflicts of global governance, on the crisis of political legitimacy throughout the world, and on the theory of the network state.
Table of Contents
1. Communal Heavens: Identity And Meaning In The Network Society. 2. The Other Face Of The Earth: Social Movements Against The New Global Order. 3. The Greening Of The Self: The Environmental Movement. 4. The End Of Patriarchalism: Social Movements, Family, And Sexuality In The Information Age. 5. Globalization, Identification, And The State: A Powerless State Or A Network State? 6. Informational Politics And The Crisis Of Democracy. Conclusion: Reconstructing Democracy? Conclusion: Social Change In The Network Society. Methodological Appendix. Summary Of Contents Of Volumes I And III.