Table of Contents

Machine generated contents note: Introduction: war, violence and the social; Part I. Collective Violence and Sociological Theory: 1. War and violence in classical social thought; 2. The contemporary sociology of organised violence; Part II. War in Time and Space: 3. War and violence before modernity; 4. Organized violence and modernity; 5. The social geographies of warfare; Part III. Warfare: Ideas and Practices: 6. Nationalism and war; 7. War propaganda and solidarity; Part IV. War, Violence and Social Divisions: 8. Social stratification, warfare and violence; 9. Gendering of war; Part V. Organised Violence in the 21st Century: 10. New wars?; Conclusion. "War is a highly complex and dynamic form of social conflict. This new book demonstrates the importance of using sociological tools to understand the changing character of war and organised violence. The author offers an original analysis of the historical and contemporary impact that coercion and warfare have on the transformation of social life, and vice versa. Although war and violence were decisive components in the formation of modernity most analyses tend to shy away from the sociological study of the gory origins of contemporary social life. In contrast, this book brings the study of organised violence to the fore by providing a wide-ranging sociological analysis that links classical and contemporary theories with specific historical and geographical contexts. Topics covered include violence before modernity, warfare in the modern age, nationalism and war, war propaganda, battlefield solidarity, war and social stratification, gender and organised violence, and the new wars debate"--
"War is a highly complex and dynamic form of social conflict. This new book demonstrates the importance of using sociological tools to understand the changing character of war and organised violence. The author offers an original analysis of the historical and contemporary impact that coercion and warfare have on the transformation of social life, and vice versa. Although war and violence were decisive components in the formation of modernity most analyses tend to shy away from the sociological study of the gory origins of contemporary social life. In contrast, this book brings the study of organised violence to the fore by providing a wide-ranging sociological analysis that links classical and contemporary theories with specific historical and geographical contexts. Topics covered include violence before modernity, warfare in the modern age, nationalism and war, war propaganda, battlefield solidarity, war and social stratification, gender and organised violence, and the new wars debate"--