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Power in the 21st Century


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Table of Contents

Introduction (John A. Hall). Part One: Powers in Motion.

Chapter One: Capitalism.

Chapter Two: Militarism.

Chapter Three: Political Power.

Chapter Four: An End to Ideology?

Chapter Five: Patterns, Cages, Interstices and a Dialectic.

Part Two: The Nature of Social Change.

Chapter Six: States, Strong and Weak.

Chapter Seven: Group Agency.

Chapter Eight: Outcomes.

Chapter Nine: Contingencies of Modernity.

Chapter Ten: Our Looming Crisis.


About the Author

Michael Mann is Professor of Sociology at UCLA


"A very stimulating and thought-provoking book." MorningStar "This superb short book deserves the widest readership. Aprofound understanding of the structures of power in our own ageallows Michael Mann, in a brilliant dialogue with John Hall, tooffer rich insights into the likely developments of an age that wecannot yet know." Sir Ian Kershaw, Sheffield University "Michael Mann has exceeded all of his contemporaries in makingsociological sense of Western history, something he has done quitesystematically up through the outbreak of the First World War. Inthese conversations with John A. Hall, he digresses from his nearlycompleted volume on times since that to cast an insightful gaze oncurrent history, to speculate incisively about the shape of thingsto come and to draw some major conclusions about history andpower." Alexander Hicks, Emory University "Wielding his four-dimensional template of power, Mannilluminates the world history of recent times and the foreseeablefuture. Events become turning points when leading power sourcesintersect: capitalist crisis with world war in the early 20thcentury; the stalemate of pluralist politics with ecological crisisin the 21st. Mann displays here in summary strokes the continuingrelevance of his grand sociological vision." Randall Collins, University of Pennsylvania

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