9781137003416

Late Modernity, Individualization and Socialism An Associational Critique of Neoliberalism

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  • ISBN13:

    9781137003416

  • ISBN10:

    1137003413

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-05-14
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Summary

Around the world, the aftershocks of an economic crisis brought on by neoliberal economics and aided by the austerity measures of governments continue to be felt. Yet, we are told that there is simply no alternative; that our current form of capitalism is here to stay.

This book sets out to challenge this statement by arguing that the long-neglected theory of libertarian socialism can help us understand more fully the problems of our late modern society, as well as offering a plausible and attractive alternative. Matt Dawson draws upon classical and contemporary sociology to argue that individualization and late modernity are best realised in the associational forms advocated by theorists such as Émile Durkheim through discussing themes such as: everyday life, the state, economic democracy and social movements. Dawson encourages the reader to think anew about our contemporary concern with individualization, and how this is realised politically.

Author Biography

Matt Dawson is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Glasgow, UK. He has published articles on topics including the theories of Zygmunt Bauman and Émile Durkheim; individualization; and the Big Society in a variety of international journals.

Table of Contents

Introduction
PART I: THEORETICAL BACKGROUND
1. The Political Sociology of Late Modernity
2. Libertarian Socialism: The Genesis of an Idea
PART II: RECONCILING LATE MODERNITY AND LIBERTARIAN SOCIALISM
3. The Increased Politicization of Everyday Life
4. The Late Modern State
5. Neoliberalism and Economic Democracy
6. Late Modern Activism and Associationalism
Conclusion

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