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Bringing the State Back In (Yet Again): Reviews, Revisions, Rejections, and Redirections.

Jessop, Bob (2001) Bringing the State Back In (Yet Again): Reviews, Revisions, Rejections, and Redirections. International Review of Sociology : Revue Internationale de Sociologie, 11 (2). pp. 149-153. ISSN 0390-6701

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    Abstract

    This article addresses West European and North American developments in theorizing the state. It briefly reviews the first major post-war revival of theoretical interest in the state that began in Western Europe during the mid-1960s. This was mainly led by Marxists interested in the general form and functions of the capitalist state; but a key supporting role was played by Marxist-feminists who extended such ideas to the patriarchal capitalist state. A second revival during the late 1970s is then described. This involved many more theoretical currents and substantive concerns and was also more institutionalist in overall approach. Although the self-declared movement to �bring the state back in� originated in the USA, some of the most innovative work in this theoretical movement is rooted in less overtly state-centred approaches originating in Western Europe. Indeed some of them argue that the state as such should be dethroned from its central position in analyses of political power and domination. Thus, in addition to neo-statism, I also consider Foucauldian theory, feminism, and discourse analysis. By the 1990s this proliferation of approaches had contributed paradoxically to an apparent withering away of interest in the state as such. None the less, as I argue below, research on the state is continuing in new and exciting forms and directions.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: International Review of Sociology : Revue Internationale de Sociologie
    Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, International Review of Sociology : Revue Internationale de Sociologie, 11 (2), 2001, © Informa Plc
    Uncontrolled Keywords: State theory ; West European and North American developments in theorizing the state in post-war era ; institutional approach to state theory ; Foucauldian Approaches ; Feminist state theory ; Discourse-analysis and Stateless State Theory
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
    Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
    ID Code: 171
    Deposited By: Professor Bob Jessop
    Deposited On: 07 Jun 2006
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 16:16
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/171

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