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An Anatomy of Power
The Social Theory of Michael Mann


Ralph Schroeder, Randall Collins, John A. Hall, Edgar Kiser, Joseph Bryant, Philip Gorski, Gianfranco Poggi, John Hobson, Linda Weiss, Robert Brenner, Stephen Epstein, Jack Goldstone, Frank Trentmann, Jack Snyder, David Laitin, Michael Mann
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  • Date Published: February 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521615181

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  • Michael Mann is one of the most influential sociologists of recent decades. His work has had a major impact in sociology, history, political science, international relations and other social science disciplines. His main work, The Sources of Social Power, of which two of three volumes have been completed, provides an all-encompassing account of the history of power from the beginnings of stratified societies to present day. Recently he has published two major works, Fascists and The Dark Side of Democracy. Yet unlike other contemporary social thinkers, Mann's work has not, until now, been systematically and critically assessed. This volume assembles a group of distinguished scholars to take stock, both of Mann's overall method and of his account of particular periods and historical cases. It also contains Mann's reply where he answers his critics and forcefully restates his position. This is a unique and provocative study for scholars and students alike.

    • The first book to systematically and critically assess the work of sociologist Michael Mann
    • Michael Mann is a major and increasingly important social thinker
    • This volume offers studies from a distinguished group of well known contributors
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    '… an intellectual biography of Mann that illuminates the evolving political goals underpinning his scholarship; it provides a progress report by his peers on the success of the enterprise to date, as well as Mann's response to his critics; and it furnishes clues about how the project will further develop.' Journal of Power

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521615181
    • length: 420 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the IEMP model and its critics Ralph Schroeder
    Part I. Theory, Practice, Method:
    2. Mann's transformation of the classic sociological traditions Randall Collins
    3. Political questions John A. Hall
    4. Mann's microfoundations: addressing neo-Weberian dilemmas Edgar Kiser
    5. Grand yet grounded: ontology, theory and method in Mann's historical sociology Joseph Bryant
    Part II. Types of Power:
    6. Mann's theory of ideological power: sources, applications and elaborations Philip Gorski
    7. Political power un-manned: a defence of the holy trinity from Mann's military attack Gianfranco Poggi
    8. Mann, the state and war John Hobson
    9. Infrastructural power, economic transformation and globalization Linda Weiss
    Part III. European Exceptionalism?:
    10. From theory to history: 'the European dynamic' or 'from Feudalism to capitalism'? Robert Brenner
    11. The rise of the west Stephen Epstein
    12. A historical, not comparative method: breakthroughs and limitations in the theory and methodology of Michael Mann's analysis of power Jack Goldstone
    Part IV. Promise and Perils of Modernity:
    13. The 'British' sources of social power: reflections on history, sociology, and intellectual biography Frank Trentmann
    14. Networks and ideologies: the fusion of 'is' and 'ought' as a means to social power Jack Snyder
    15. Mann's dark side: linking democracy and genocide David Laitin
    Part V. Response:
    16. The sources of power revisited: a response to criticism Michael Mann.

  • Editors

    John A. Hall, McGill University, Montréal
    John A. Hall is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and James McGill Professor, Department of Sociology at McGill University, Montréal His books include Powers and Liberties (1985), Liberalism (1989), Coercion and Consent (1994) and (with Charles Lindholm) Is America Breaking Apart (2001).

    Ralph Schroeder, University of Oxford
    Ralph Schroeder is a Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. His books include Max Weber and the Sociology of Culture (1992) and, as editor, Max Weber, Democracy and Modernization (1998).


    Ralph Schroeder, Randall Collins, John A. Hall, Edgar Kiser, Joseph Bryant, Philip Gorski, Gianfranco Poggi, John Hobson, Linda Weiss, Robert Brenner, Stephen Epstein, Jack Goldstone, Frank Trentmann, Jack Snyder, David Laitin, Michael Mann

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