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  • Preface / George Steinmetz  ix
    1. Major Contributions to Sociological Theory and Research on Empire, 1830s–Present / George Steinmetz  1
    Part I. National Sociological Fields and The Study of Empire  
    2. Russian Sociology in Imperial Context / Alexander Semyonov, Marina Mogilner, and Ilya Gerasimov  53
    3. Sociology's Imperial Unconscious: The Emergence of American Sociology in the Context of Empire / Julian Go  83
    4. Empire for the Poor: Imperial Dreams and the Quest for an Italian Sociology, 1870s–1950s / Marco Santoro  106
    5. German Sociology and Empire: From Internal Colonization to Overseas Colonization and Back Again / Andrew Zimmerman  166
    6. The Durkheimian School and Colonialism: Exploring the Constitutive Paradox / Fuyuki Kurasawa  188
    Part II. Current Sociological Theories of Empire  
    7. The Recent Intensification of American Economic and Military Imperialism: Are They Connected? / Michael Mann  213
    8. The Empire's New Laws: Terrorism and the New Security Empire after 9/11 / Kim Lane Scheppele  245
    9. Empires and Nations: Convergence or Divergence? / Krishan Kumar  279
    10. The New Surgical Imperialism: China, Africa, and Oil / Albert J. Bergesen  300
    Part III. Historical Studies of Colonialism and Empire  
    11. Nation and Empire in the French Context / Emmanuelle Saada  321
    12. Empire and Development in Colonial India / Chandan Gowda  340
    13. Building the Cities of Empire: Urban Planning in the Colonial Cities of Italy's Fascist Empire / Besnik Pula  366
    14. Japanese Colonial Structure in Korea in Comparative Perspective / Ou-Byung Chae  396
    15. Native Policy and Colonial State Formation in Pondicherry (India) and Vietnam: Recasting Ethnic Relations, 1870s–1920s / Anne Raffin  415
    16. The Constitution of State/Space and the Limits of "Autonomy" in South Africa and Palestine/Israel / Andy Clarno  436
    17. Resistance and the Contradictory Rationalities of State Formation in British Malaya and the American Philippines / Daniel P. S. Goh  465
    Conclusion. Understanding Empire / Raewyn Connell  489
    Bibliography  499
    List of Contributors  575
  • George Steinmetz

    Alexander Semyonov

    Julian Go

    Marco Santoro

    Andrew Zimmerman

    Fuyuki Kurasawa

    Michael Mann

    Kim Lane Scheppele

    Krishan Kimar

    Albert J. Bergesen

    Emmanuelle Saada

    Chandan Gowda

    Besnik Pula

    Ou-Byung Chae

    Anne Raffin

    Andy Clarno

    Daniel PS Goh

    Raewyn Connell

    Marina Mogilner

    Ilya Gerasimov

  • "From the sociology of empire to the empire in sociology, this is a book of immense erudition and encyclopedic reach. By bringing colonialism, imperialism, and empire to its center, George Steinmetz and his collaborators recalibrate the history of sociology and endow contemporary research with a badly needed global reflexivity."—Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley, and President of the International Sociological Association

    "This is superior, highly innovative work, well-choreographed by the masterly hand of George Steinmetz. It makes a uniquely valuable contribution to historical and cultural sociology. Despite a growing interest in sociology's complicity in imperialism, there is nothing else like this book. It is attentive to networks and localities, as well as global concerns; contains wonderfully variegated cases, from countries including Italy, Russia, France, the Philippines, and the United States; and offers consistently brilliant field analyses. Sociology and Empire is an exceptional volume."—Peter Beilharz, La Trobe University

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  • Description

    The revelation that the U.S. Department of Defense had hired anthropologists for its Human Terrain System project—assisting its operations in Afghanistan and Iraq—caused an uproar that has obscured the participation of sociologists in similar Pentagon-funded projects. As the contributors to Sociology and Empire show, such affiliations are not new. Sociologists have been active as advisers, theorists, and analysts of Western imperialism for more than a century.

    The collection has a threefold agenda: to trace an intellectual history of sociology as it pertains to empire; to offer empirical studies based around colonies and empires, both past and present; and to provide a theoretical basis for future sociological analyses that may take empire more fully into account. In the 1940s, the British Colonial Office began employing sociologists in its African colonies. In Nazi Germany, sociologists played a leading role in organizing the occupation of Eastern Europe. In the United States, sociology contributed to modernization theory, which served as an informal blueprint for the postwar American empire. This comprehensive anthology critiques sociology's disciplinary engagement with colonialism in varied settings while also highlighting the lasting contributions that sociologists have made to the theory and history of imperialism.

    Contributors. Albert Bergesen, Ou-Byung Chae, Andy Clarno, Raewyn Connell, Ilya Gerasimov, Julian Go, Daniel Goh, Chandan Gowda, Krishan Kumar, Fuyuki Kurasawa, Michael Mann, Marina Mogilner, Besnik Pula, Anne Raffin, Emmanuelle Saada, Marco Santoro, Kim Scheppele, George Steinmetz, Alexander Semyonov, Andrew Zimmerman

    About The Author(s)

    George Steinmetz is the Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Devil’s Handwriting: Precoloniality and the German Colonial State in Qingdao, Samoa, and Southwest Africa and Regulating the Social: The Welfare State and Local Politics in Imperial Germany. He is the editor of The Politics of Method in the Human Sciences: Positivism and Its Epistemological Others, also published by Duke University Press.