11 Recognition in and of World Society Matthew S. Weinert Why ‘recognition’? The term resonates differently and has distinctive implications depending on its use. The first is grammatical: to recognize something is to comprehend some

in Recognition and Global Politics
On late modernity and social statehood

Populism, neoliberalism, and globalisation are just three of the many terms used to analyse the challenges facing democracies around the world. Critical Theory and Sociological Theory examines those challenges by investigating how the conditions of democratic statehood have been altered at several key historical intervals since 1945. The author explains why the formal mechanisms of democratic statehood, such as elections, have always been complemented by civic, cultural, educational, socio-economic, and, perhaps most importantly, constitutional institutions mediating between citizens and state authority. Critical theory is rearticulated with a contemporary focus in order to show how the mediations between citizens and statehood are once again rapidly changing. The book looks at the ways in which modern societies have developed mixed constitutions in several senses that go beyond the official separation of legislative, executive, and judicial powers. In addition to that separation, one also witnesses a complex set of conflicts, agreements, and precarious compromises that are not adequately defined by the existing conceptual vocabulary on the subject. Darrow Schecter shows why a sociological approach to critical theory is urgently needed to address prevailing conceptual deficits and to explain how the formal mechanisms of democratic statehood need to be complemented and updated in new ways today.

ICC – individuals or states. With reference to the English School theory, the former will be labelled the world society-oriented subdivision and the latter the international society-oriented strand of legalism. International society The international society-oriented branch of the legalistic discourse embraces the idea that states form the most central point of reference for the establishment of the ICC. According to its advocates, one central feature that specifies the relationship between states and the ICC is that the legitimacy of the ICC as a supra

in Negotiating sovereignty and human rights
Critical encounters between state and world

Recognition and Global Politics examines the potential and limitations of the discourse of recognition as a strategy for reframing justice and injustice within contemporary world affairs. Drawing on resources from social and political theory and international relations theory, as well as feminist theory, postcolonial studies and social psychology, this ambitious collection explores a range of political struggles, social movements and sites of opposition that have shaped certain practices and informed contentious debates in the language of recognition.

The case for societal constitutionalism
Editor: Diana Göbel

This volume collects and revises the key essays of Gunther Teubner, one of the world’s leading sociologists of law. Written over the past twenty years, these essays examine the ‘dark side’ of functional differentiation and the prospects of societal constitutionalism as a possible remedy. Teubner’s claim is that critical accounts of law and society require reformulation in the light of the sophisticated diagnoses of late modernity in the writings of Niklas Luhmann, Jacques Derrida and select examples of modernist literature. Autopoiesis, deconstruction and other post-foundational epistemological and political realities compel us to confront the fact that fundamental democratic concepts such as law and justice can no longer be based on theories of stringent argumentation or analytical philosophy. We must now approach law in terms of contingency and self-subversion rather than in terms of logical consistency and rational coherence.

Sovereignty and human rights in International Relations theory The English School approach to the normative foundations of international society provides a solid starting point for analysing the configuration of sovereignty and human rights. The following overview is not confined to the English School perspective, though it is structured according to the three traditions of pluralism, world society and solidarism, since virtually all theoretical contributions on the topic of sovereignty and human rights can be classified along their lines. The debate about sovereignty and

in Negotiating sovereignty and human rights

biology. He considers human beings to be determined to satisfy their needs, and postulates a linkage between needs satisfaction and social harmony. In his World Society 7 the notion of sociobiological values is developed. Burton’s claim is that ‘people of all races and creeds have some common values and similar objectives’. 8 The common denominator in different branches of social sciences and the

in Culture and international conflict resolution

settling of conflicts by the parties and implements the rule of the polity over the partisan individuals. Radicalization: Neither the establishment nor the preservation of autonomous law is bound up with the polity; as law of world society, it comes into being in transnational processes of coevolution between law and its social environment. II. Claim (Menke): Juridical decision-​makers must take the paradoxical basic constellation and the relation of the law to non-​law into account in their legal decisions in order to realize a self-​reflexive application of the

in Law and violence
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Legal pluralism in the world society

right, both empirically and normatively, as regards the newly emerging global law. Empirically, he is right because the political-military-moral complex will lack the power to control the multiple centrifugal tendencies of a civil world society. And normatively he is right because for democracy, it will in any case be better if politics is as far as possible shaped by its local

in Critical theory and legal autopoiesis
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Democratic state, capitalist society, or dysfunctional differentiation?

crucially important planning function today. Moreover, going forward, one has to ask what role social democratic parties will be likely to play in this regard, and whether politically constituted democratic states will be able to survive authoritarian populism without the parliamentary opposition provided by an electorally stable centre-​left with roots in contemporary world society.1 It has also been asked whether and to what extent social systems exhibit reflexive and self-​steering properties that are transforming the bases of statehood in ways pointing beyond the

in Critical theory and sociological theory