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Organizing societal space within globalization : bringing society back in

Die Organisation des gesellschaftlichen Raumes im Globalisierungsprozess : die Bedeutung der Gesellschaft
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Sorge, Arndt

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Corporate Editor Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung
Abstract "The notion of 'society' is increasingly debated, recently, under the impact of 'globalization'. This debate is carried out in both sociology and business studies, and it also has implications in political theory. A theoretical grounding of society is provided following G.H. Mead, which bears sufficient regard to actors and avoids determinism. Society is conceptualized as 'societal space', open to layering in different forms. Incongruent layering is then put forward as a feature of societal evolution which has hitherto been neglected as an engine of modernization. This form of layering is also suggested to be important for current debates. Following this concept, the business and organizational literature can be linked with social theory in a way which shows how 'provincialization' of identity, institutions and culture is pervasively linked with the extension of horizons of action under globalization. Various comparative findings are adduced to show how the dialectics of globalization and provincialization work, and how socio-institutional patterns interact with the evolution of enterprise strategies in order to fuel this dialectic. In such an evolution, society has an important part to play. But this is not because society re-asserts itself as a co-extensive entity on a higher plane. Instead, it is precisely the layering of societal space which makes societal effects a necessary concept." (author's abstract)

Der Verfasser zeigt, dass gesellschaftliche Effekte ein nützliches Konzept zur Erklärung von Globalisierungsvorgängen sind. Er stellt zunächst die Globalisierung der wirtschaftlichen Beziehungen und die Bedeutung der gesellschaftlichen Institutionen in diesem Kontext dar und definiert den Begriff des "gesellschaftlichen Raumes" als Handlungsrahmen der Akteure. Es schließt sich ein Überblick über unterschiedliche historische Konstruktionen des gesellschaftlichen Raumes an. Im Folgenden wird gezeigt, wie das Entstehen gesellschaftlicher Konfigurationen mit dem Entstehen wirtschaftlicher Strategien und gesellschaftlicher Arbeitsteilung zusammenhängt. So können abschließend gesellschaftliche Effekte im Globalisierungsprozess in inkongruent geschichteten gesellschaftlichen Räumen sichtbar gemacht werden. (ICE)
Keywords society; globalization; social structure; social structure; division of labor; social factors
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories; Macrosociology, Analysis of Whole Societies; International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Method basic research; theory formation
Document language English
Publication Year 1999
City Köln
Page/Pages 30 p.
Series MPIfG Working Paper, 99/10
ISSN 1864-4333
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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