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  • Copyright: 1999-06-01
  • Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr

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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.

Table of Contents

Contributors vii
Preface ix
Introduction: Culture and the State by George Steinmetz 1(50)
Part One State/Culture: Theoretical Approaches 51(94)
``Rethinking the State: Genesis and Structure of the Bureaucratic Field''
Pierre Bourdieu
``Society, Economy, and the State Effect''
Timothy Mitchell
``Culture in Rational-Choice Theories of State-Formation''
Julia Adams
``The Changing Cultural Content of the Nation-State: A World Society Perspective''
John W. Meyer
Part Two Culture and Early Modern State-Formation 145(66)
``Calvinism and State-Formation in Early Modern Europe''
Philip S. Gorski
``Nationalism, Universal Monarchy, and the Glorious Revolution''
Steven Pincus
Part Three Culture and the Modernization/Westernization of Non-European States 211(78)
``The Subvention of Tradition: A Genealogy of the Nigerian Durbar''
Andrew Apter
``Revolution and State Culture: The Circle of Justice and Constitutionalism in 1906 Iran''
Nader Sohrabi
Part Four Culture and the Modern Western State 289(118)
``The Cultural Elements of Ethnically Mixed States: Nationality Re-formation in the Soviet Successor States''
David D. Laitin
``Motherhood, Work, and Welfare in the United States, Britain, Canada, and Australia''
Ann Shola Orloff
``Political Belonging: Emotion, Nation, and Identity in Fascist Italy''
Mabel Berezin
``Narrating the Future of the National Economy and the National State: Remarks on Remapping Regulation and Reinventing Governance''
Bob Jessop
Epilogue: Now Where? 407(14)
Charles Tilly
Index 421

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