Debating civilisations: Interrogating civilisational analysis in a global age

Debating civilisations: Interrogating civilisational analysis in a global age

by Jeremy C.A. Smith

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Contemporary civilisational analysis has emerged in the post-Cold War period as a forming but already controversial field of scholarship. Debating civilisations seeks to evaluate the main currents of the field and its principal competitors. The author draws a unique comparison of many key scholars of civilisations, comparing civilisational analysis with competing perspectives and presenting a fresh theoretical approach.

As well as tracing the lineage of the field, the book evaluates the work of S. N. Eisenstadt, Norbert Elias and Johann P. Arnason as leading contemporary scholars of civilisations against the competing paradigms of Marxism, globalisation theory and postcolonial sociology. Drawing also on the work of Cornelius Castoriadis, the author argues for an alternative approach that lays stress on the dense engagement of societies, cultures, empires and civilisations in human history.

Debating civilisations will appeal to academics and postgraduate and final-year undergraduate students in the fields of history, comparative and historical sociology and social theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526105301
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 06/24/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 581 KB

About the Author

Jeremy C. A. Smith is Deputy Head of School in the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Federation University Australia, Victoria

Table of Contents

Part I: Theoretical engagements in civilisational analysis

1 Civilisations debated: uses and critiques of 'civilisation'

2 Currents and perspectives in contemporary civilisational analysis

3 Counterpoints, critiques, dialogues

4 Inter-civilisational engagement: imaginaries, power, connected worlds

Part II: Studies in inter-civilisational engagement

5 Salt water horizons: seas, oceans and civilisations

6 Pacific imaginaries: ontologies of connection, reconstruction of memory

7 Engagement in the cross-currents of history: perspectives on civilisation in Latin America

8 Japan in engagement and the discourses of civilisation

9 Conclusion


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