An Anatomy of Power: The Social Theory of Michael Mann by John A. Hall, Ralph Schroeder

By John A. Hall, Ralph Schroeder

Michael Mann is likely one of the so much influential sociologists of modern many years. His paintings has had an enormous impression in sociology, background, political technology, diplomacy and different social technology disciplines. during this quantity, his paintings has been systematically and seriously assessed by means of extraordinary students who take inventory of Mann's total procedure and of his account of specific sessions and ancient situations. This well timed quantity additionally comprises Mann's answer the place he solutions his critics and forcefully restates his place. it's going to entice students around the social sciences.

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Mann thus gives more of a payoff to the Weberian style; whereas Weber provided a toolbox for analysing world history, Mann actually does the historical analysis. Mann’s move to separate military and political dimensions opens the way for a more systematic theory of both, and of their interaction. Geopolitical relations among states now come into their own. There has been a tradition of geopolitical analysis, to be sure, since the turn of the twentieth century; but it was for a long time a distinct, even segregated speciality.

Mann did indeed take this half of Weber’s Problematik more or less for granted, albeit the solution he proposed had a great deal to do with power rather than belief, anyway seen in Durkheimian rather than Weberian terms. 1 It will be interesting for me to see Mann’s replies to issues on which it seems to me that he is – or, if he has changed his mind, was! – very largely correct (Hall 2001). A second element here is his desire to respect the autonomy of different sources of power. 2 An early generalization exemplifying this last point was that ideological power, in the form of the world religions, changed the pattern of history – but thereafter lost significance, as is demonstrated by the inability of the Reformation to change political boundaries in Europe (Mann 1986: 470).

Mann’s early work dealt with just these issues; his 1970 paper ‘The social cohesion of liberal democracy’ demonstrated that the upper and uppermiddle classes are much more mobilized politically than the working and lower classes, and thus are ideologically committed to democracy without sacrifice of their class interests. e. the left-Weberian Mann’s transformation of classic traditions 21 position which takes all forms of stratification as extensions or analogies to class conflict. Mann’s major innovations were two: to split the political dimension into two further dimensions; and to conceptualize each dimension as a social network.

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