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By John A. Hall, Ralph Schroeder

Michael Mann is without doubt one of the so much influential sociologists of modern many years. His paintings has had a tremendous influence in sociology, historical past, political technology, diplomacy and different social technology disciplines. during this quantity, his paintings has been systematically and significantly assessed via wonderful students who take inventory of Mann's total process and of his account of specific sessions and historic situations. This well timed quantity additionally includes Mann's answer the place he solutions his critics and forcefully restates his place. it is going to attract students around the social sciences.

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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. The nationalist and bellicose ideological predelictions of some of its earlier practitioners gave geopolitics a nasty reputation in liberal and left circles; and even after the analysis of military ‘international relations’ 22 Theory, practice, method or ‘interstate relations’ became respectable in political science departments after mid-century, geopolitical research remained largely distinct from sociology, even though it had an undertone of resonance with Weberian historical sociologists.

It seems to me wholly wrong to say that the right had no ideology: Thatcherism set the agenda – and not just in Britain! – to a very remarkable extent. These points will be developed in the rest of this chapter, by turning away from the peculiarities of Britain to the more general substantive findings of his major works. But before doing so, it may be useful to briefly complete the biographical material with which this section began. In 1972 he wrote a paper on ‘Economic Determinism and Structural Change’ designed ‘not only to refute Karl Marx and reorganize Max Weber but also to offer the outlines of a better general theory of social stratification and social change’ (1986a: vii).

This was remarkably close to the spirit of The New Left Review of the time, scornful of ‘pseudo-empiricism’ and piecemeal social reform, keen to elevate the thoughts of the masses by means of the introduction of continental theory. 40 Theory, practice, method Mann was distinctively not of this company. He found Poulantzas, for instance, to be more interested in Marxism than in the world. This is not to say that Marxism, especially in its structuraliste form, was ignored. But the questions that it raised were considered by means of his deep-rooted commitment to empiricism.

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